Five of the Highest Paid Footballers in he world are as follows. 1) Lionel Messi. Barcelona.110. one hundred and ten million pounds. 2) Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid.83. eighty three million pounds. 3)Neymar. P.S.G 71, seventy one million pounds 4) Gareth Bale. Real Madrid. 38.thirty eight million pounds. 5) Gerard Pique. Barcelona. 25. twenty five million pounds. What has been rather surprising is that Gerard Pique has made it into the list even though he is not a striker he is a defender.