The 11 highest-paid soccer players in 2016

Sports are a global business, and business is booming. It stands to reason that players, the most integral employees of the aforementioned booming business, are reaping the rewards. As 2016 comes to a close, here’s a look at the 10 highest-paid soccer players across the globe.

The data comes via, with the caveat being that figures included tally up salaries, prize money and bonuses paid between June 1, 2015, and June 1, 2016. A few paychecks or bonuses here or there for could have given this look a slightly different look (Eden Hazard just missed the cut), but there’s no breaking up the top of the list. You’ll never guess which two players are far and away at the top.