Women’s football continues to grow, especially in terms of popularity and fan base. This is evident in the huge buzz surrounding the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup currently under way in France.
However, Women’s football still has a long way to go in terms of finance, especially in comparison with the men. Even the highest paid female footballers are far behind their male counterparts when it comes to wages. A lot needs to be done in other to close this gap, and ensure that female footballers earn as much as the men.
Here are the top 5 highest paid in the world.
1. Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)
Annual salary: 400,000 euros
Ada Martine Stolsmo Hegerberg 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. In 2018, she became the inaugural recipient of the Ballon d’Or Féminin.
2. Amandine Henry (Lyon)
Annual salary: 360,000 euros
Amandine Chantal Henry is a French football player who is currently a member of the French senior team, and plays as a defensive midfielder. Henry is also a former women’s youth international having played all levels. She made her senior debut in 2009.
3. Wendie Renard (Lyon)
Annual Salary: 348,000 euros
Wendie Thérèse Renard is a French football player who plays as a central defender for both Division 1 Féminine club Olympique Lyon and the France women’s national team. The 28 year old is also a captain at both club and International levels.
4. Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC)
Annual Salary: 345,000 euros
Carli Anne Lloyd is an American soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, two-time FIFA Player of the Year, and a three-time Olympian.
5. Marta (Orlando Pride)
Annual Salary: 340,000 euros
Marta Vieira da Silva, commonly known as Marta, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League and the Brazil national team. Marta is one of the most successful women in football, having won won the the Best FIFA Women’s Player six times, including five times in a row between 2006 and 2010.