Football is one game that is loved by people in every country in the world. People are emotionally attached to this game and follow their favourite players religiously on all the social media platforms. Among major football positions on the field, defenders are known for their extraordinary work of preventing goals from the attackers alongside the goalkeeper.(Most Expensive Goalkeepers)
In last few years, some of the defenders have made it the list of highest paid sportsmen in the world. Most of the earning of the defenders come from transfer offers, advertisements and endorsements of big brands. There is no second thought that the hard work of defender on the field pays off really well off the field.
Here is the list of top 10 highest paid Defenders in the world in 2017
(10) Mats Hummels (Net Worth – $12 Million)
Matts Hummels is a pro football Defender who plays for Borussia Dortmund of Bundesliga and also for the national German team. He was officially signed for his current club in February 2009 through Bayern Munich youth academy. This year he has signed a new contract with one of the most expensive football clubs, Bayern Munich and will be rejoining them effective July 1st, 2016.
Honours:- In the year 2014, Matt was a part of FiFa world Cup Dream Team and Runners Up in the year 2013 in UEFA Champions League.
(9) Diego Godin (Net worth – $18 million)
Diego Godin hails is a central defender who plays for Spanish club Atletico Madrid and Uruguay national football team. His entire professional career was spent in Spain with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid. He started his career at the age of 17. In August 2007 he was offered 5 years deal with La Liga club Villarreal and later moved to Atletico Madrid in August 2010 after giving best season with his previous club.
Honours: In April 2014, Diego Godin was awarded La Liga Player of the Month. His club won six major titles during his tenure and was awarded UEFA Team of the Year in 2014
(8) Gary Cahill (Net worth – $22 million)
Gary James Hill is a centre back English footballer who is a vice-captain of the England national team and also plays for EPL club Chelsea. Gary Cahill started his professional career with Aston Villa in November 2004 and moved to Bolton Wanderers after an impressive season in 2007-2008. After the three and a half year contract, on 5th February 2018, Gary Cahill was signed by Chelsea which is richest Football Club in the world for £7 million.
Honours: He is known for his technical style and powerful defence, which has added many accolades for the player during his football career. In the 2005-2006 seasons, he was awarded Goal of the Season with Aston Villa. During his time in Chelsea, the club also UEFA Champions League: 2011–12 and Premier League in 2014-15.
(7) Pepe: (Net worth $23 million)
Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira, as known as Pepe is a Portuguese player who is currently playing as a central defender for Spanish giant Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. Pepe started his football career at the age of 18 and has played for Maritimo, F.C Porto before taking the final move to Real Madrid in 2007. Known for his physical strength and tenacious grip during the defence, he is quite known for the aggressive challenges on the field.
Honours: Pepe is known for being one of the consistent performer in Real Madrid and with the overall efforts, the team has won UEFA Champions League: 2014 and 2016 and La Liga Cup in 2008 and 2012.
(6) Giorgio Chiellini: (Net Worth – $43 million)
Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini is an Italian professional footballer who also plays for the national football team of Italy. He started playing football at the age of six as a central midfielder. The player made his international debut for his national team in 2004.
Honours: He won a bronze medal in Olympics of 2004 for the national football squad. His style of playing is very physical and hard tackling with the focus on scoring headers. In 2012, as per the media company Bloomberg, he was ranked number seventh best footballer in Europe.
(5) Vincent Kompany: (Net worth – $45 million)
The Belgian national foot player is both capable of playing as defensive midfield and centre back. He plays for English club Manchester City. Vincent played for two clubs before making a debut in Manchester city and has established himself as an essential part of the club. He has very well blossomed into English Premier League’s best defender.
Honours: Due to impressive performance during his football career, Vincent brought many laurels to his kitty such as Belgian Golden Shoe in 2004, part of the winning team of Football League Cup in 2014 and 2016.
(4) Thiago Silva (Networth – $46 million)
A Brazilian professional football player Thiago Emiliano da Silva currently plays as a central defender in club Ligue , Paris Saint-Germain as well as Brazil national team. He is known for complete defender skills and considered flawless. He is considered as one of the fastest defender with good aerial skills.
Honours: He has won many awards inches lifetime and the most recent ones include FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2014 and part of UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season for 2015-2016. Also Read: Highest Paid Football Players In The World
(3) Gerard Pique- ( Networth – $58 million)
Central defender for Spanish national team and Spanish club FC Barcelona, Gerard Pique is a well-known name in the world of football. Pique had played for Manchester United in 2004 for four years before returning back to Spain and joined FC Barcelona in 2008.
His style of playing includes a combination of good technique and strength with passing with more versatile play.
Honours: He plays an integral role as a defender and that has resulted into many honours individually as well as for the team. He received La Liga Best Defender in 2010 played in FC Barcelona team that won FIFA World Cup 2010 and UEFA Euro in 2012. Pique has been the main face of endorsements like Nike, Mango and other major brands.
(2) Sergio Ramos – ( Net worth – $60 million)
Sergio Ramos, captain of Spanish giants Real Madrid is a professional footballer who plays as a central defender as well as right back for both national team of Spain as well as Real Madrid club. Sergio joined Real Madrid in 2005 and has been consistently known as a strong player who is competent, pace, amazing technical ability as well as crossing and distribution ability. Sergio won nearly 11 major honours for the Real Madrid and he is also one the top scorer from the defensive position for La Liga club. Also Read: Highest Paid Goalkeepers In The World
Honours: Among many of his honour and awards, the most recent one is UEFA Champions League Final Man of the match for 2016. There many more feathers of achievements throughout his career. Major endorsements are Nike, Armani and Gucci.
(1) Philipp Lahm (Net worth – 100 million)
Philip Lahm is the captain of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and a professional footballer and one of the richest football players from Germany who plays defensive midfield and right back. As a captain, he has brought various honours which also includes UEFA Champions League 2013. Phillip the also served as a former captain of German national team and lead the team to victory in Fifa world cup 2014.
Philip Lham is well known for his stamina, technique, pace and flawless tackling abilities pace, technique, stamina, and precise tackling abilities. In 2014, he was at the 6th place for the title of FIFA Ballon d’Or putting him among the top 10 best footballers in the world. He endorses brands like Adidas, RTL and Libella.
Footballers are known for their style of playing and defenders are like pillars of the team.Their performance lead them to the massive fan following along with very high salary, brands and endorsement deals making them richest defenders in the world.