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June 18, 2024

5 highest paid female footballers in the world

5 highest paid female footballers in the world

In this article, we spotlight the five highest paid female footballers from around the world

By Efosa Taiwo

Women’s football has seen significant growth over the past decade, yet its financial landscape still pales in comparison to the men’s game.

While TV rights deals and spectator interest generate far more revenue in men’s football, women’s soccer is gradually attracting more attention and funding.

Cristiano Ronaldo, per Forbes, was the highest-paid footballer in 2023, earning an astonishing annual salary of over €200 million at Al-Nassr. In contrast, the women’s game, though growing, lags behind financially. Ronaldo’s earnings dwarf those of the highest-paid female footballer, Alex Morgan, whose salary is $0.8 million per year. Nevertheless, Morgan’s total annual income reaches $7.1 million when including her $6.3 million in off-field revenue, per Statista’s 2023 report.

Two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas is the second highest-paid player in women’s football,

surpassing Megan Rapinoe following the American’s retirement in 2023.

Highest Paid Female Footballers in the World

Here are the top five highest-paid female footballers, combining on-field and off-field earnings:


Alex Morgan

Club: San Diego Wave
Total Annual Earnings: $7.1m

One of the most recognizable figures in women’s football, Morgan is a prolific forward known for her speed, skill, and scoring ability. She has played a pivotal role in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s success, including World Cup victories.

Alexia Putellas

Club: Barcelona
Total Annual Earnings: $4m

A highly skilled midfielder, Putellas has won multiple titles with Barcelona and has been named the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner twice. She is known for her vision, passing, and leadership on the field.

Trinity Rodman

Club: Washington Spirit
Total Annual Earnings: $2.3m

The daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, Trinity has made a name for herself as a dynamic forward. Her speed, creativity, and goal-scoring prowess have quickly established her as one of the rising stars in women’s football.

Crystal Dunn

Club: Gotham FC
Total Annual Earnings: $2m

A versatile player capable of playing in multiple positions, Dunn is known for her defensive solidity and attacking contributions. She has been a key player for both club and country, showcasing her adaptability and consistency.

Sophia Smith

Club: Portland Thorns
Total Annual Earnings: $2m

A young and talented forward, Smith has quickly become a standout player for Portland Thorns and the U.S. Women’s National Team. Her pace, technical skills, and goal-scoring ability make her one of the most promising talents in women’s football.

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