French sportsmen: the highest salaries 2018

In 2018, Antoine Griezmann, football player for Atletico Madrid, was the highest paid French sportsmen with an annual salary which amounted to 33 million euros. Born in Mâcon, Antoine Griezmann won the 2017 Europa League with its club and the 2018 FIFA World Cup with the France national football team. That same year he was considered as one of the most valuable French football players with a market value of 100 million euros.

Basketball players vs Football players

In 2018, the top three best-paid French sportsmen were all football players. Antoine Griezmann was followed by Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba, respectively playing in 2018 for Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. Mbappé, who had an estimated transfer value of 186.5 million euros as of June 2018, earned more than 24 million euros compared to 22.1 million euros for Paul Pogba. But this ranking also shows that French basketball players in the NBA were some of the highest-paid French athletes. Nicolas Batum, currently playing for the Charlotte Hornets, earned more than 20.9 million euros in 2018.

European football on top of the world of sports

Despite the impressive revenue of the NBA, the European football leagues keep having one of the highest revenue in the sports industry. With a revenue of more than 16 billion euros for the season 2018/2019, the “Big Five” of European football remain the financially most successful and probably the most popular sport clubs worldwide. Footballers playing in the big clubs of European football leagues are part of the world’s highest-paid sports teams and players like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo are some of the most valuable athletes in the world.

Ranking of the ten best-paid French sportsmen in 2018*

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March 2019



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