Women’s soccer is one of the fastest growing sports.
A huge television audience is now preparing for the biggest games, its fan base is growing and many female players are now global stars who are recognized for their outstanding skills on the pitch and as role models off the field.
However, there are certainly still unfair discrepancies between games for men and women – with salaries being the largest.
To see how much the richest female soccer players are paid each year and how their salaries compare to those of the highest income men, look below …
10. Christine Sinclair – $ 380,000 salary
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In tenth place on the list is Christine Sinclair, the Canadian striker who has been voted Canadian Soccer Player of the Year no less than 14 times and last won in 2018.
She has played for the Portland Thorns since 2013 and has made over 130 appearances. She has also played for her country over 290 times.
Despite her huge success and clear talents, Sinclair makes just $ 380,000 a year – that’s 63x less than David De Gea, the 10th highest paid male footballer with a salary of $ 24 million a year.
9. Wendie Renard – $ 392,000 salary
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Next on the list is Wendie Renard, a French defender and Olympique Lyonnais captain.
She has won 14 championship titles in France and seven European cups. Renard has played for France over 120 times and is also the captain of the national team.
Despite this impressive list, she takes home wages worth $ 392,000 a year from her home club, which is far less than the highest paid male footballer of the night.
Robert Lewandowski makes $ 24 million a year – 61x more than Renard.
8. Amandine Henry – $ 394,500 salary
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In eighth place is another French player who also plays for Olympique Lyonnaise.
Amandine Henry is a defensive midfielder who moved to Lyon in 2018 – the club she also played for from 2007 to 2016.
She has over 90 caps for France and has played for the national team on many levels, from the U17s to the senior national team.
Henry earns a salary of $ 394,500 a year from Lyon.
The eighth tallest male player is Mo Salah from Liverpool, who makes $ 24 million, which is 61 times the amount Henry earned.
March 7 – $ 400,000 salary
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Next up on the list is one of the greatest female soccer players of all time – Marta.
The Brazilian striker has played for her country over 150 times and scored over 100 goals. She has played for many clubs in her career, but now appears for Orlando Pride in the NWSL.
Marta earns $ 400,000 a year in Orlando.
The seventh highest male player is Paul Pogba, who makes $ 28 million a year at Manchester United, 70 times more than Marta takes home.
6. Ada Hegerberg – $ 425,000 salary
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Ada Hegerberg, an Olympique Lyonnaise striker, is the sixth highest paid soccer player in the world.
Hegerberg is also the all-time UEFA Women’s Champions League goalscorer, having scored over 65 caps for Norway and 38 international goals.
When it comes to Hegerberg’s salary package, she makes $ 425,000 a year in Lyon.
The sixth tallest male player is Paul Pogba, who has a salary of $ 28 million a year, 66 times more than Hegerberg’s.
5. Julie Ertz – $ 430,000 salary
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Next up is Julie Ertz, who plays for both the Chicago Red Stars and the United States.
At the time of writing, the 28-year-old has made 108 appearances and scored 20 goals for the US. She has also won two World Cups and was named U.S. Soccer Woman of the Year in 2015.
Ertz earns $ 430,000 a year in Chicago.
The fifth highest paid male player in the world is PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, who makes $ 28 million a year, which is 65 times the Ertz salary.
4. Megan Rapinoe – $ 447,000 salary
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Megan Rapinoe is one of the most famous players in the world.
The US international has played 173 times for her country, scored 57 goals and won two world championships.
She plays for OL Reign after signing with them in 2013. At the 2019 Women’s World Cup, she won both the Golden Shoe and the Golden Ball.
Rapinoe makes $ 447,000 a year playing for OL Reign.
By comparison, the fourth highest male player, Andres Iniesta, makes $ 30 million a year in Japan, 64 times more than Rapinoe.
3. Alex Morgan – $ 450,000 salary
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The third highest paid female soccer player in the world is Alex Morgan, who recently returned to Orlando Pride with Tottenham Hotspur after a brief stint in England.
She has played 173 times for the US, scored 108 goals to date and won the World Cup twice, both times being selected as a member of the Dream Team.
Morgan currently makes $ 450,000 a year in Orlando.
The third highest paid male soccer player is Cristiano Ronaldo, who makes $ 70 million a year at Juventus – a shocking 156 times more than Morgan.
2. Samantha Kerr – $ 500,000 salary
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Sam Kerr is the second highest paid soccer star in the world.
The Australian forward currently plays for Chelsea after moving there in 2019.
She is also an Australian international with 88 caps and 42 goals. She has participated in three world championships and two Olympic Games.
Kerr currently earns $ 500,000 a year at Chelsea. T.
The second highest paid male footballer in the world is Neymar, who makes $ 78 million a year, 156 times more than Kerr.
1. Carli Lloyd – $ 518,000 salary
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The highest paid female soccer player in the world is Carli Lloyd.
At the time of writing, Lloyd has played a staggering 299 games for the US national team, scoring 124 goals in the process.
She has won two world championships and two Olympic gold medals. She currently plays for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.
Lloyd earns $ 518,000 a year at Sky Blue FC.
The highest paid male footballer in the world is Lionel Messi, who makes $ 92 million a year in Barcelona, 178x more than Lloyd.
While women’s football is growing in popularity, players’ salaries don’t reflect that.
As we’ve seen in this article, the pay gap between male and female players is incredible. The player with the highest income doesn’t even get a fraction of what the player with the lowest income makes.
Equality still has a long way to go …
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