Top highest paid female football players of 2019
Women’s football may be taking enormous strides in terms of popularity and finances, but even the highest-paid female footballers are far behind their male counterparts in terms of salaries.
Comparing the top five highest-paid women footballers with male footballers and managers, it was found that there still remains a large pay gap.
Ada Hederberg, the holder of the Women’s Ballon d’Or, tops the list of the highest-paid female football players of 2019 with an annual income of around £343,000. Lionel Messi, the highest-paid men’s footballer, gets around £112 million a year, exactly 326 times what Hegerberg is paid.
Here are the highest-paid female soccer players of 2019 along with their annual income:
1. Ada Hegerberg / Norway
Ada Hegerberg, born on the 10th of July 1995, is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Division 1 Féminine club Olympique Lyonnais.
She has previously played for Kolbotn and Stabæk in Toppserien. The 24-year-old Ballon d’Or Féminin award winner, Ada Martine Stolsmo Hegerberg, is originally from Molde, Norway.
The skilled professional female footballer who is 1.76m tall wears the No. 14 jersey and earns a wage of €360,000, which is still 326 times less than the best paid male player, Lionel Messi.
It seems that female football fans still need to chant "Equal pay! Equal pay!" as they did at the World Cup in France.
Ada Hegerberg was tipped for success from making her top-flight Norwegian debut for Kolbotn aged 15 and since then she has already scored more than 300 career goals, including a record 15 in the 2017/18 UEFA Women's Champions League, which was her and Lyon's third triumph in a row.
Prior to her Ballon d'Or award, Hegerberg has previously picked up several other individual awards for her feats over the last few years.
In 2016, she shared the stage with Cristiano Ronaldo as both were named Best Player in Europe by UEFA in the respective men and women's games. Last year it was recognition from the BBC, winning the 2017 BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.
In 2016, Hegerberg was named Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year, a prize won by only two other women this century.
Although widely recognized as the top player in the world in 2018, the Best FIFA Women's Player of the Year award controversially went to Brazilian veteran Marta.
The FIFA voting procedure drew criticism because it was felt that Marta's higher profile and previous wins of FIFA's top award - five between 2006 and 2010 - got her the nod ahead of Hegerberg, whose achievements had somewhat flown under the radar at a mainstream level.
According to Forbes, the famous soccer player Ada Hegerberg's net worth is $117 Million.
2. Amandine Henry / France
Another highest-paid female football player around the world in 2019 is Amandine Chantal Henry, who was born on the 28th of September 1989. She is a French football player who plays as a defensive midfielder for Olympique Lyon and the French national team.
As a former women's youth international who has played at all levels, Henry made her senior international debut in 2009. She has captained the national team since October 2017.
Henry, who earns an annual salary of €350,000, possesses a certain swagger of being honored with the Silver Ball at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. A part of her success story that is, one of her many accomplishments.
She stands as one of the female footballers and athletes in general with the most followers on social media. Henry signed a club contract with the French League 1 side Olympique Lyon.
Amandine Henry was as well-thought-out to be amid the most excellent players in Europe during the 2014/2015 season. During that same soccer season, she was consigned in the 2015 FIFA Women’s FIFPro World XI team.
Henry started playing football at the age of 5 and since there were no girls teams for such young players, like other professional football players (e.g., Megan Rapinoe), she played with boys until she was 13 years old.
3. Wendie Renard / France
Wéndèleine Thérèse Renard (born 20 July 1990) is a French footballer who plays as a central defender for and captains Division 1 Féminine club Olympique Lyonnais and represents the France women's national team.
A leader, a captain, defender and a professional footballer are what the 29-year-old, Renard embodies. She plays as a center back for The French national Women’s Football Team and the League 1 side of Olympique Lyon.
As a genuine pillar of the France team, Wendie Renard is an indispensable performer thanks to her quality and experience. Standing tall at 6'1, the Martinique-born defender is dominant in the air, while her charisma and calm under pressure are crucial assets to the side she long served as captain, most notably in Canada 2015.
Once named in the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World XI, her wages could be one of many ways to repay her quality. She also helped Olympique Lyon to win the 2011 UEFA Champions League as she scored the launching goal of the final as they picked up the trophy after a 2-0 win against Turbine Potsdam.
Renard is a physically strong, gifted with pace, good technique, and is an effective set-piece taker. Her style of play is compared with the Dutch and Liverpool FC defender Virgil Van Dijk.
The 29-year-old center-half, who came sixth in the running for the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or, accidentally left her suitcase on a carriage of the Paris-Lyon service.
The guards have handed here the suitcase, but The Best trophy was no longer inside.
She currently earns a take-home wage of €348,000. Renard is arguably the world’s best defender, but she once scored one of the worst own goals ever against Norway.
4. Carli Lloyd / United States
Another female champion is the American from New Jersey, USA. Carli Anne Hollins, born on July 16, 1982, known as Carli Lloyd, is an American soccer player.
She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008 and 2012), two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion (2015 and 2019), two-time FIFA Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), and a three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, and 2016).
She currently plays for Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team as a midfielder.
Carli Anne Lloyd is also known as Carli Anne Hollins due to her marriage enchantment to Brian Hollins since 2016 of late plays for Sky Blue FC and the United States National Women’s Soccer team.
She tags the No. 10 Jersey as she plays as a Wing forward for both teams. Due to her tremendous Award and success rate record, she is well priced for this as she earns a busty wage of €345,000. Not a surprise as attributed to the fact that she is a FIFA Women’s World Cup winner (2), Olympic gold trophy (3) and the FIFA World Cup (2).
She told reporters, “I don’t want to be remembered for one World Cup final. I want to be remembered for my whole career. It was just a stepping stone, and I want to continue to get better.”
At thirty-six, which means that she is nearing the end of her career, Lloyd has come home to play for Sky Blue, not far from where she grew up in Delran, NJ. She married her high school lover, who she occasionally plays against during training.
5. Marta Vieira da Silva / Brazil, Sweden
Marta Vieira da Silva, born on 19 February of 1986, commonly known as Marta, is a Swedish-Brazilian footballer who plays for the Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League and the Brazil national team as a forward.
Silva who is among the Top 5 in this list, is a Brazilian woman who earns €340,000 annually. The 33 years old plays for Franchise Orlando Pride in the United States as a forward, aside her playing for the Brazilian Women national football team.
Marta also swanks her record for most goals scored at a single FIFA Women’s World Cup competition a 15 goal record. She was given the nickname “Pele in skirts” by Pele himself.
Marta was a six-time winner of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Player of the Year award (2006–10 and 2018).
A prolific goal scorer and gifted player famed for her dribbling ability, da Silva finished the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup as the winner of both the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot for scoring seven goals.
Scoring 15 goals at the 2015 World Cup, she became the all-time top scorer of the tournament. She was named FIFA World Player of the Year six times, consecutively from 2006-2010 and in 2018, and was a member of the Brazilian national teams that won the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.
On the day she was named FIFA World Player of the Year in January 2009, Marta announced that she would be joining Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) team Los Angeles Sol for the league's inaugural season on a three-year contract.
6. Heather Mitts / United States
Heather Mitts Feeley, born on June 9 of 1978, is an American former professional soccer defender. Mitts played college soccer for the University of Florida, and thereafter, she played professionally in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league; for the Philadelphia Charge, Boston Breakers, Philadelphia Independence, and Atlanta Beat.
She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and was a member of the U.S. women's national team. She played in four matches in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, where the U.S. national team finished second. Mitts announced her retirement from soccer via Twitter on March 13, 2013.
Mitts earned an annual amount of €148,000 while playing for the Atlanta Beat. A three-time Olympic gold medalist would surely make the list as one of the highest-paid, priced for her success and quality.
According to Forbes, Mitts's net worth is $50 Million at the age of 41 years old. She earned the money being a Professional Soccer Player.
7. Nicole Banecki / Germany
Nicole Banecki, born on the 3 September of 1988, is a German football player. In fact, she is of German-Cameroonian descent. Banecki currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen and she made her debut in the German national team on 7 March 2008 against Finland
It is estimated that the German takes home an annual earning of €90,000.
Nicole Banecki is considered as one of the furthermost female footballers in the record. She is playing for the Swiss club FC Basel even though she had the majority of her honors during her spell with SC Freiburg for three seasons.
8. Nilla Fischer / Sweden
Asa Nilla Maria Fischer, born on the August 2 of 1984, is a Swedish footballer for Linköpings FC and the Swedish national team
Fischer with a €65,000 annual earning is at the moment one of the most profitable female footballers in the world. Obviously, only the big clubs can try to price this lady away with busty negotiations.
The sitting defensive midfielder and a later center back, Fisher’s earnings can be attributed to her experience, strength, and brilliance.
Age and extended time out on the field is no factor to keep her on the sidelines, in its place, her awe-inspiring feats year after year has seen her succeed as a captain for FC Malmo, with the Swedish team who reached the semi-finals in 2015, and another on-going successful stay with Wolfsburg.
Fischer has represented Sweden in four World Cups and three Olympics. Her squad finished in third place in two of those World Cups and won a Silver Medal in Rio.
Nilla Fischer is in her professional playing career for almost two decades, so her net worth is estimated at around $5 million.
9. Hope Solo / United States
Hope Amelia Solo, born on July 30 of 1981, is an American former football goalkeeper. She was a goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team from 2000 to 2016 and is a World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.
As the starting goalkeeper at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Solo helped the U.S. win the national team's third World Cup championship since 1991. The final was the most-watched televised soccer game ever in the United States
Solo currently earns an annual salary of €62,000. Priced for her worth is her success in the Olympics as a gold-winning champion on two occasions. As a goalkeeper, she presently holds the record for most career clean sheets amidst every other United States goalkeeper. Hope is well-known for her strength on the pitch.
10. Laure Boulleau / France
Laure Pascale Claire Boulleau, born on 22 October of 1986, is a retired French football player who played for Division 1 Féminine club Paris Saint-Germain. She primarily played as a defender and was a member of the France women's national football team.
The PSG defender sat at number ten, earning a total taking of €60,000 per year. Boulleau represented the French Women’s national football team. She also played in the UEFA Women’s Championship All-Star Team.
The left-back played 225 matches for PSG, winning the Coupe de France with Les Rouge et Bleu in 2010, and was a key figure of the squad that reached two finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2015 and 2017. During her outstanding playing career, Laure earned 65 caps for the France national team, becoming one of her country's emblematic players. She announced her retirement in 2018, "I have decided to retire from my playing career and it's with a big smile that I announce it today because I feel ready.
"I am convinced that I can also achieve things in other fields and the time is right. I would like to thank all the people that I have met along the way, throughout my career and who have always supported me."
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