How much money do professional players make

Football players' salaries

How much does a professional soccer player earn and is that still fair?

The salaries of professional footballers are always the focus of public attention and the debate often centers on whether they are still fair. The sums that are mentioned are amounts that a normal employee will usually not earn in his entire life. Even respected and high-ranking professions such as ministers or pilots cannot even begin to reach these sums. In recent years in particular, there have been significant increases in salaries in the professional sector. Let's take a closer look at the salaries and highlight the most important football players.

That is what the world stars deserve when they play football

As with the transfers, the Portuguese Christiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid is in first place. With hisAnnual salary of 21 million euros he earns almost two million euros per month and thus around 2400 euros per hour.
In comparison, the Chancellor earns “only” 15,832.79 euros per month. Christiano Ronaldo therefore gets around 110 times more salary than the German head of government.
Well-known world stars such as Gareth Bale (20 million), Lionel Messi (16 million), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (15 million euros) and Wayne Rooney with around 13 million euros also follow in the other places. The salaries of soccer players are thus many times higher than normal salaries.
In addition, of course, the world stars also receive advertising income, which is often the same as the salary. In 2014, for example Lionel Messi round € 60 million in revenue have posted. Cristiano Ronaldo received at least € 54 million in salary and advertising income. Mario Götze is said to have made it to almost € 17 million.

Salaries for professional footballers in the Bundesliga

Most Bundesliga soccer player will be below the above salary levels. Some Bayern players like Götze, Lahm, Ribery and Co. are the exception here. You should earn over 10 million euros a year.
The average salaries of soccer players in the 1st Bundesliga are approx. 30.000 Euro estimated monthly (plus bonus), which is, however, still well above the salary of a conventional employee.
As a bonus, additional money is paid out, this is given when certain goals are achieved (for example, participation in the finals in a cup competition) or simply for a victory in a point game.

Salaries in the 2nd Bundesliga

A Second division player lies with 7,000 to 20,000 Euros, however, are very far from the sums of a world star. In addition to the salary, performance-related bonuses such as promotion bonuses are also paid.
The salaries of teams aiming for promotion to the Bundesliga are often slightly lower than those of the weakest first division teams. However, there must be differences, as the clubs' income in the second division is significantly lower.

Salaries in the 3rd division

The players of the third division have professional contracts, with approx. 2,500 to 10,000 However, soccer players earn significantly less than a pilot per month. Some clubs pay even less, so that the players are forced to earn money elsewhere.

Salaries in the regional and minor leagues

Player in the Regional league are considered amateur players and there are practically no professional footballers. Usually each player has a different job and also plays soccer. Often sponsors also offer the player part-time employment. The club usually pays the player between200 and 2000 Euros for his commitment, but more is not economically possible due to the low club budget.
In the Oberliga are mostly up 1000 Euros paid.
In even lower leagues there is definitely money, but it differs from club to club.

Are football players' salaries too high?

As stated in the previous articles, there are also significant differences between the individual wage levels of professionals in football. To what extent these high salaries are justified, ultimately each fan decides for himself. In the end, he finances the stars with entrance fees, fan articles and other payments.
The average professional footballer (2nd and 3rd league) must be credited with the fact that he has a full-time job whose career often ends at the age of 30-35 and he has to make provisions accordingly. In particular, it is the peaks in salaries that always arouse our attention and also cause displeasure in some.

So there are also significant differences in the salaries of soccer players. Christiano Ronaldo earns several times the average Bundesliga player. To what extent these salaries are justified should therefore not only be tied to the world stars. Rather, fans should work for a fairer distribution.