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Highest paid female soccer players in 2020

Wage is a reward for labor, though this reward is not in the same position between a man and women. The earnings of the highest paid female soccer players in 2020 are not comparable to their counterparts'; not at all.

Women's football is still on progress, and each and every day, we witness great inspiring steps. But still, it's an illusion to expect an equally perfect situation even in 21 century. Money doesn't grow on trees and we all know that, but even in the most beneficial sport on the earth-football- women must fight over their rights.

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During recent years and decades, Feminism has been playing a key role in regaining women's rights, but still, the wage of a female footballer is not fair-considering the different factors affecting the quantity of income such as fame, radiance, and talent of a player.

According to a survey done by a France Football magazine, the pay gap between males and females is so vast. Such a shame for this modern world. The supreme salary for players in the National Women's Soccer League-not on the USWNT or Canada national team- is USD 50,000 per year and the minimum is USD 20,000 per year.

The female footballers' salary in France is 4,000 euros per month, which is 48,000 euros per year, or USD 53,000, on average. In England, the situation is almost the same, and a top female footballer earns around £35,000 a year (USD 43,000).

The financial aspect of women's football in Europe and America is not promising, let alone in Asia with that diversity, cultural differences, and gender boundaries.

The most paid female footballers in 2020 

In the following, we are going through the financial life of ten superstar female soccer players.

Carli Lloyd

This American midfielder for

Sky Blue

FC is the first footballer on the list of

the highest paid female soccer players in 2020


Last year this precious spot was taken by the Ballon d'Or Féminin,

Ada Hegerberg

- the 24-year-old Norwegian professional striker for the Division 1 Féminine club Olympique Lyonnais.

Ada's salary was €360,000, which was 326 times less than the best paid male player in 2019, Lionel Messi.

Carli's Salary in 2020 is around USD 518,000. This amount is not all fair for the two-time winner of the Olympic gold medal (2008 and 2012), two-time winner of FIFA Women's World Cup (2015 and 2019), two-time winner of FIFA Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), and a three-time Olympian.

As the highest paid female soccer player, Carli's salary is 202 times less than

Cristiano Ronaldo

, the highest footballer in 2020, and on the planet who earns 105 million USD per year. This pay gap is beyond our expectations.

Sam Kerr

The second place of the list of

the highest paid female soccer players in 2020

belongs to an international superstar.

The 26-year-old captain of Matildas-Australia women's national soccer team- is said to be on her way to become the first millionaire Matilda and face of Nike Australia.

On 13 November 2019, with a big-money deal on a 2.5-year contract, she joined Chelsea. It was said that the worth of her contract was USD 600,000 per year, but that was not the real number. Her contract is USD 410,000 per year, and her base pay is USD 500,000 a year.

But is it a fair salary for an all-time leading scorer in both the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States and the Australian W-League?

The second highest footballer in 2020 is

Leo Messi

, who gets paid 104 million USD per year, and with a little calculation, we would understand that Sam's income- as the second on the list of highest female footballers in 2020- is 208 times less than Messi's.

Alex Morgan

In third place of the list of highest paid female soccer players in 2020, we have the American striker for the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League.

Alex's base annual pay is around USD 450,000, but her activities are not limited to the green rectangular. The Olympic Gold medalist makes almost 1 million USD because of her endorsement deals with huge companies. Alex Morgan has notable endorsement deals with Coca-Cola, Panasonic (PCRFY), Nike, Bank of America, Chapstick, Chobani, McDonald's, and AT&T

She is indeed a moneymaker for several advertisers, and so her commercial attraction to industries has taken her to new high levels as a female footballer. In 2015, Morgan was named as Time's highest paid women's soccer player in the U.S. She also became one of the first women soccer players to grace the cover of the FIFA soccer video games in 2015, and did it again in 2016, appearing with Messi on the 2016 FIFA video games.

Megan also is a social-media queen, the most-followed female footballer on Instagram, she has more than 13.6 million followers on her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. So even in social media, she is the best for big companies looking for an icon to promote their products.

According to different analytical organizations and football institutes, Alex is the richest female footballer on the planet. Based on her salary as the striker of Orlando, she is the third

highest paid female soccer player in the world in 2020

but considering her net worth - $3.2 million- she is the richest female soccer player in the world.

However, this amount is a small potato not even for this baby horse but for all professional female footballer.


, as her counterpart who is also on the third rank of highest paid male footballer, earns $95.5 million from various commercial deals and his lucrative PSG pay packet. The richest female footballer's income is 95 times less than Neymar's.

Megan Rapinoe

Megan is the fourth on the list of

the highest paid female footballers in 2020


The average salary of this American winger and captain of OL Reign in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team, the winner of the Ballon d'Or Féminin and The Best FIFA Women's Player in 2019 is only USD 447,000 per year.

As one of the 

highest paid woman soccer players in 2020, 

Megan should be considered a veteran for her country but in comparison to her counterparts including Alex Morgan- the third and the richest in the list of the highest paid female soccer players in the world in 2020-, her salary is anywhere near to them. Her income, considering her famous sponsor -Nike- is not comparable to Mo Salah who is also on the fourth spot in male footballers' list. Salah's overall salary per year is 35. Million USD.

Are these numbers equal? No way.

Julie Ertz

Based on her annual salary she should be considered the fifth on the list of

the highest paid female soccer players in 2020


Julie is an American soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the highest division of women's professional soccer in the United States, and the United States women's national soccer team. Her annual salary is 400000 USD.

But yet in comparison with

Kylian Mbappe

's salary- the fifth and youngest footballer on male highest paid- Julie's income is funny. According to Forbes, the Frenchman is on full contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2022, making over $20 million annually plus performance bonuses and his overall income is $33.8 million.

Ada Hegerberg

Last year number one is sixth on our list of the

highest paid female soccer players in 2020

. As said earlier, she plays on Norway's national team and in the regular season for Olympique Lyonnais and her salary in 2020 is USD 425,000.

Her income, of course, would increase due to her new contract with Nike- a lucrative long-term sponsorship deal. According to some trusted sources, the contract was worth upwards of one million euros ($1.13m) to the player.

This new sponsorship deal would make her one of Nike's most high-profile athletes but this raise in comparison to her counterpart is nothing.

Andres Iniesta

is the sixth on the list of the

highest paid male footballer in 2020 and his salary is 29.6 million USD per year.

It seems that to receive a good and reasonable wage, being the first-ever recipient of the Ballon d'Or Féminin is not enough and doesn't consider a privilege unless you are a man.

Who do you think is the next on our list of the

highest paid woman soccer players in 2020

? Yea! It's Marta!


Our seventh

highest paid woman soccer player in 2020

is Marta. The 34-year-old Brazilian striker -the greatest female footballer of all time- earns 400,000 USD a year for playing in Brazil national team and the NWSL for Orlando Pride.

Marta Vieira da Silva has been named FIFA World Player of the Year six times, five of them being continuous (from 2006 through 2010) and the latest award coming in 2018. She was a member of the Brazilian national teams that won the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.

the annual salary of this incredible woman who is compared to Ronaldinho, Romário, and also Pelé, who himself dubbed her as Pelé with skirts, is 70 times less than

Mesut Özil

- the seventh on the list highest paid footballer- who is paid 28.7 million USD for a year. The discrimination is clear cut.

Amandine Henry

The 30-year-old French defensive midfielder of Olympique Lyon is the eighth on our list of the highest paid female soccer players in 2020.

Amandine- the FIFA Women's World Cup Silver Ball winner in 2015- plays for the French national team and Olympique Lyon in the regular season and her annual salary is USD 394,500.

Paul Pogba


Manchester United

, her countryman and her counterpart with 23 million USD is the eighth on the list of the highest paid footballer. Two French footballers, but one gets 58 times less than the other, just because she is a woman.

Wendie Renard

Wendie, this French fighter is ninth on our list of the highest paid female soccer players in 2020. Her annual salary is 392,000 USD per year.

Renard- A goal-scoring defender- is one of the most decorated players in modern women's club football, the one that is 2019, the New York Times described her as an "institution" at Lyon, the most successful club in European women's football.

Oscar-the Brazilian footballer in Shanghai SIPG- gets paid $27.5 Million per year and as Wendie's counterpart owns the ninth rank on the list of the

highest earning female footballers in 2020


Christine Sinclair

As the last 

most paid female footballer in 2020

, we have to talk about Christine Margaret Sinclair.

Christine Margaret Sinclair is the 37-year-old captain of the Canadian national team and a member of Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the former player of FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

Christine is CONCACAF champion, two-time Olympic bronze medalist and 14-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award, the world's all-time leader for international goals scored for men or women with 186 goals. She is also the most-capped active international footballer with 296 caps and also the second footballer of either gender to score at five World Cup editions, preceded by Marta.

But to our surprise, this fabulous footballer is the tenth on our list of highest paid female soccer players in 2020. Her annual salary is USD 380,000 per year. This money is a big letdown for such a gifted footballer.

On the other hand,

Antoine Griezmann

-The French footballer in


- gets paid 26.7 million USD per year and he is also the tenth on the list of the highest paid soccer players.

Our list of highest paid women soccer players in 2020, ends here. 

The names above are the representatives of women's football, with all its obstacles. The general belief of women's football has a significant change and become more acceptable. It was not like the old days when Women's football used to copy men's football, back then it was all masculine. With all this knowledge now there is still one question to be answered. Has anything changed so far in 2021? Let's find out. 

Who are the Highest paid female soccer players in 2021

You must know that still there haven't been any changes in these great players' salary and the number of their wages has stood still and the highest paid female players in 2021 are:


​This is while the highest-paid male football player in 2021 is Lionel Messi who makes an annual salary of $34 million from his Barcelona contract in addition to an amount of extra earning from his endorsements and sponsorships deals with Adidas and Pepsi. That's not fair at all! Is it?

Despite the huge pay gap, these top women as the highest paid female soccer players in the world in 2020 and 2021 demonstrating the fact that women's football also can be and is beneficial and with a little more support the gloomy side of women's football would be as colorful as their worlds'. Women footballers do not fight over money, they are good, they are talented, they spare no effort, and therefore there would be no excuse for this discrimination.

Now that we are done with our list of the

 highest paid female footballers in 2020

, tell us do you think this pay gap is justice? Do you think women's football is not of great importance and the female footballers shouldn't be paid equally?

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