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Highest-Paid Football Players in Brazil

As the most popular sport in Brazil, football has a wide range of big fans in the country, who follow all related details to it seriously. The "highest-paid football players in Brazil" is one of the many interesting topics to take a look at. Stay with us to know more about these Brazilian legends.

Reviewing the football history in Brazil and its legend footballers, whose names shine all over the football world, will show how much Brazil has been successful in this sport. Winning the FIFA World Cup competition in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002 is an honor that only Brazil's national team has earned.

The team is also the only one that has participated in every World Cup tournament ever held. Following winning the World Cup in 1970, they won the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently. They are also the winner of an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

In addition to numerous achievements and awards in Brazil's football history, it is full of prominent footballers' names with brilliant career history, whose followers are not only limited to Brazil but all countries. Pele, the well-known footballer, is the most successful footballer that football history has ever had.

He was the star who could lead his national team to two championships. However, their brilliant football history has had many other football stars, such as Garrincha, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo,


, Kaka, and



Some of them are superstars whose histories are full of endorsement contracts in the value of millions of euros. The following article includes ranking the highest-paid players in Brazil. If you are a football fan that follows the events, you might have guessed several names amongst the list of Brazil highest-paid football players. Join us to check if your ideas were correct or not. 

Highest-Paid Football Players in Brazil

Following football players on the pitch is not the only thing that fans are interested in knowing. In today's article, we have focused on the highest paid footballers Brazil. 


  • Age: 80

  • Position(s): Forward, Attacking Midfielder

  • Current Team: Retired

  • Net Worth: $12 to $14 Million

Is there any football fan who does not know Pele? The answer is so easy, no. At least all football fans have heard the Brazilian star's name if they do not know him completely. Full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the former professional footballer, whose name has been among the greatest players of all time, gained the label of "the greatest" from FIFA.

As one of the characters on the list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century,


is the legend which the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) voted as the World Player of the Century.

During his senior career, which lasted 21 years, Pele appeared in 1,363 competitions and scored 1,279 goals, which led him to earn a Guinness World Record. His 77 scored goals in 92 matches at the international level has made him the all-time leading goal scorer for Brazil.

As a talented footballer who mostly appeared on the pitch as a striker, Pele performed excellently in drop deep. His skill in taking on a playmaking role, creating assists through his unique vision and passing technique were only some of the outstanding features of his playing style.

Talking about the Brazilian star with rich career history is impossible in one paragraph. However, by reviewing only the mentioned achievements, you can get why his name is one of the 

highest-paid football players in Brazil

Ederson Santana de Moraes

  • Age: 28

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Current Team: Manchester City

  • Net Worth: $60 to $70 Million

Known often as Ederson, Moraes is the current

Manchester City

and Brazil national team's goalkeeper, whose name is one of the

10 highest-paid players in Brazil

. Ederson began his profession in 2011, and until now, he has played for Ribeirao, Rio Ave, Benfica B,


, and Manchester City.

The 28-year-old talented goalkeeper has made a rich career history for himself full of awards and honors. It might convince you how Ederson earns so much and is on our list.

Since listing all of them here is impossible, we have presented only the ones which he has achieved with his current team, Premier League (in 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2020-21), FA Cup (in 2018-19), EFA Cup (in 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21), FA Community Shield (in 2018 and 2019), and UEFA Champions League runner-up (in 2020-21). 

His debut at the international level was in 2017 though he had played formerly at the U-23 level.


was also one of the players in Brazil's team, who played at the 2018 World Cup and 2019 and 2021 Copa America. 

Richarlison de Andrade 

  • Age: 24

  • Position: Forward

  • Current Team: Everton

  • Net Worth: $90 to $95 Million

In the football world, especially for Everton's fans, Richarlison de Andrade is a well-known name, whose name is amongst the highest-paid footballers in Brazil. Almost known as Richarlison, he is the current player of Premier League club Everton, in which he has appeared more than 100 competitions and scored over 30 goals.

At the end of his youth career with

Real Noroeste

in 2013-14,


joined America Mineiro to start his senior career. Although Richarlison spent only one season with the club, he won promotion from the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B and over the next season moved to



Richarlison, who had scored 19 goals in 67 matches with the team, left the club two years later despite his five-year contract in 2015. However, following Fluminense's ending as runners-up in the 2017 Campeonato, Richarlison became one of the names in the Team of the Season.

After playing one season in Watford, in the 2017-18 season, Richarlison moved to Everton. Spending for seasons in Everton, Richarlison has participated in 123 competitions and scored 43 goals.

His performance at the international level has been excellent. Having made his debut for his national team in 2018, Richarlison was one of the players in the team when they achieved the 2019 Copa America. He also has recorded an honor in his history with the Brazil U23 Summer Olympics in 2020. 

Marcos Aoás Correa 

  • Age: 27

  • Position: Defender, Defensive Midfielder

  • Current Team: Paris Saint-Germain

  • Net Worth: $ 100 to $120 Million

If you are one of PSG's fans, you might be looking for Marcos Aoás Correa's name on the list of highest-paid football players in Brazil. Known as


, the talented defender of Ligue 1 club


, who captains the team, can also appear as an excellent right-back or defensive midfielder on the pitch.

His senior career started with


, which before joining Roma for a fee of €3 million, recorded the honor of winning the 2012 Copa Libertadores in his history. During his only season with Roma, they reached the Coppa Italia Final.

By signing a five-year contract for €31.4 million, as one of the highest fees a player under the age of 20 has earned, Marquinhos joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. Amongst the long list of honors that he has achieved, many of them refer to his playing time for PSG, including six Ligue 1 titles, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophee des Champions, and UEFA Champions League runner-up in 2019-20.

There are some outstanding features in Marquinhos' playing style, such as his excellent pace, intelligence, and technical skills, which able him to break down the opposing team's attack and begin offensive plays subsequently. 

Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima 

  • Age: 45

  • Position: Striker

  • Current Team: Retired

  • Net Worth: $140 to $150 Million

Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima is a well-known Brazilian Portuguese star whose name has always shined in Brazil's football history. The current president of La Liga club

Real Valladolid

was famous as Ofenomeno, The Phenomenon in English.


, nicknamed R9, has been one of the greatest players of all time.

Following his playing like a multi-functional striker, Ronaldo left a new dimension to the position of striker. In other words, Ronaldo worked as an influence for a generation of footballers who have had the same role as he had on the pitch.

Being named FIFA World Player of the Year and achieving Ballon d'Or prizes are two examples of his honors, which he earned the former three and the latter two times. Brazil's national team has had many stars during its history, which through appearing in 98 competitions and scoring 62 goals, Ronaldo has become the third-highest goal scorer for them.

In 2004, Pele, the Brazilian legend, added Ronaldo's name to the list of the greatest living players. Being inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame, Italian Football Hall of Fame, Inter Milan Hall of Fame, and Real Madrid Hall of Fame, Ronaldo has been an outstanding character in Brazil's football. By referring to his career, which is full of awards and honors, there is no wonder to see his name amongst the 

highest-paid football players in Brazil


Carlos Henrique Casimiro

  • Age: 29

  • Position: Defensive Midfielder

  • Current Team: Real Madrid

  • Net Worth: $150 to $160 

One of the other names, which the list of 

ranking the highest-paid players in Brazil

 includes, is Carlos Henrique, mostly known as Casemiro. As one of the greatest defensive midfielders in the football world,


began his senior career in Sao Paulo, in which he had played his youth career from 2002 to 2010. After appearing in 111 competitions and scoring 11 goals, Casemiro joined Real Madrid B and then

Real Madrid

on loan.

After a short while, his move to the team became permanent for a fee of R$18.738 million. However, then, Casemiro joined

FC Porto

on a season-long loan. He participated in 40 matches for the Portuguese and scored four goals.

One of them was a free-kick he did in the competition against FC Basel on 10 March 2015 in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Throughout the 2017-18 Champions League, that his side achieved its third consecutive and 13th overall title, Casemiro appeared in 13 competitions but could score only one goal.

In August 2021, by signing a new contract regarding extending his playing time, Casemiro will play there until 2025. Achievements he has achieved with the club are La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.

Gabriel Fernando de Jesus 

  • Age: 24

  • Position: Forward

  • Current Team: Manchester City

  • Net Worth: $150 to $170 Million

Gabriel Fernando de Jesus, the current forward of Manchester City, is one of 

Brazil highest-paid football players

. Within his playing era for his first team, 


, he became the best newcomer of the 2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A.

In the same year, through performing his excellent performance, Jesus played an efficient role in his team's success, which won the Copa do Brasil. In 2016, following the winning of Palmeira's victory as their first league title within 22 years, Jesus earned the title of the "Player of the Season."

By his transfer to Manchester City in January 2017 for a fee of €32 million,


started an era in which he gained a wide range of honors, including winning the Premier League (in 2018, 2019, 2021), the EFL Cup (in 2018, 2020, 2021), and the FA Cup (in 2019). 

He appeared so successfully at the international level even before making his senior debut for Brazil in September 2016. At the youth level, Jesus made 21 appearances and netted seven times, by which he earned much more success, such as reaching the final of the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup and Achieving an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira

  • Age: 30

  • Position: Forward

  • Current Team: Liverpool

  • Net Worth: $180 to $190

The third name on the list of 

highest-paid football players in Brazil


Roberto Firmino Barbosa Oliveira

, the current Premier League club


and Brazil national team's forward or attacking midfielder. Having spent his early career in CRB from 2004 to 2008 and Figueirense from 2008 to 2009, Firmino began his senior career with


on 24 October 2009, which lasted for two seasons.

Meanwhile, Firmino appeared in 38 competitions and scored eight goals. After that, he joined 1899 Hoffenheim and kept playing until 2015. His transfer to the team caused much satisfaction, which Ernst Tanner, the club's manager at the time, commented that "Pleased to hire a Brazilian talent.

Though he appeared successfully for both clubs, it seems that he has had a more efficient era with Liverpool. Since 2015, he has appeared in 216 competitions and scored 67 goals.

Meanwhile, he has earned many achievements, including Premier League, UEFA Champions League, runner-up, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, Football League Cup runner-up, and UEFA Europa League runner. 

Alisson Ramses Becker

  • Age: 29

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Current Team: Liverpool

  • Net Worth: $210 to $220 Million

Known as Alisson, Alisson Ramses Becker is the second name amongst the highest-paid football players in Brazil.


, the current goalkeeper of Premier League club Liverpool, became The Best FIFA Goalkeeper in 2019 and received the inaugural Yashin Trophy.


was his first team, in which he participated in more than 100 matches and gained Campeonato Gaucho in all four seasons with them. By signing a contract for a €7.5 million fee, Alisson moved to


After two seasons and appearing in 37 matches with Roma, following the initial agreement (€62.5 million (£56 million)), which raised later to (€72 million (£66.8 million)), Alisson moved to Liverpool. The final fee was a world record that a goalkeeper had received at the time.

The 21 clean sheets in his first season with Liverpool earned him the Premier League Golden Glove. His other clean sheet was in the UEFA Champions League Final, which his excellent performance led his side to win the European Cup. Within the following season, in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, by Alisson's clean sheet, Liverpool could become the winner in extra time to clinch the trophy.

With his long list of achievements and success, which have led him to sign contracts with enormous amounts, there is no wonder why he is one of the

highest paid footballers Brazil


Neymar da Silva Santos

  • Age: 29

  • Position: Forward

  • Current Team: Paris Saint-Germain

  • Net Worth: $250 to $260 Million

We can predict that more than 90 percent of you were looking for Neymar's name amongst the highest-paid football players in Brazil. Full name Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, the Brazilian forward is an outstanding well-known professional footballer.

In 2017, Neymar joined PSG, his current team, and since then has played in 75 matches and netted 57 times. During the seasons, Neymar's brilliant performance has earned him some honors in his career history with the club, such as Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de Ligue, and Trophee des Champions. 

Following playing for Santos when Neymar was 17, he earned much reputation because his excellent playing played an efficient role in winning two consecutive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil and the 2011 Copa Libertadores.

After getting the title of the South American Footballer of the Year, Neymar moved to Europe to sign a contract with


and continue his profession there. Since Neymar was 18, he has appeared at the international level, and in 133 competitions, has scored 69 goals.

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