L’Equipe Magazine have published their annual list of the highest paid French Sports Personalities from 2017, with Paul Pogba taking top spot for the first time ever, dethroning basketball star Tony Parker in the process. The list follows below, and provides their take on how much money the individual earned across all possible revenue streams during the 12 month period.
1 | Paul Pogba (football): €22.2m | + €4.2m (compared to last year)
With a ridiculous weekly gross salary at Manchester United worth £290k, Pogba’s earnings are boosted year on year by a 10-year agreement he signed with Adidas in 2016 worth €4m a year. These base earnings aside, Pogba also continues to pick up revenue from image rights and the bonuses that Manchester United paid out to the Frenchman for winning the Europa League and thus qualifying for the Champions’ League.
2 | Tony Parker (basketball): €19.7m | + €0.1m
3 | Antoine Griezmann (football): €19.1m | + €6.8m
Having signed a contract extension with Atletico Madrid in the middle of 2017, Griezmann saw his wages effectively doubled. Deals with Puma, Gilette, Beats, EA, Sports 2000, HYT, HS and Huawei have also contributed to an enormous increase in revenue year-on-year.
4 | Nicolas Batum (basketball): €18.9m | + €4.9m
5 | Karim Benzema (football): €16.3m | + €0.7m
2017 was a great year for Karim Benzema and Real Madrid, winning La Liga, the Champions’ League and the Club World Cup, which brought in bonuses for the Frenchman worth around €1.5m. At the end of September, Benzema signed a new deal with Real Madrid that included a wage hike, seeing him earn close to €12m (gross) over the calendar year in wages from Los Blancos. Adidas’ continued loyalty and support as a sponsor, despite the sextape scandal, also contributes to 2017’s tally for “Benz”, despite him dropping two places to 5th amongst his fellow French sports personalities.
6 | Joakim Noah (basketball): €16.1m | + €2.2m
7 | Evan Fournier (basketball): €15.2m | + €10.6m
8 | Ian Nahinmi (basketball): €14m | + €8.5m
9 | Franck Ribery (football): €13.9m | – €0.1m
At nearly 35, it is difficult to see the French winger receive a wage hike at Bayern Munich. With no advertising or kit deals, it is unlikely that Ribery will be in the top 10 in 2018, which would bring a 9-year streak of doing so to an end on this list. The Frenchman picked up €250k in bonuses for winning the Bundesliga in 2017, a €150k drop in comparison with 2016.
10 | Ousmane Dembele (football): €10.7m | + €5.5m
The young Frenchman has climbed 30 places on last year’s ranking, with his move to Barcelona the game-changer. The player is earning €12m a year with a series of bonuses on top, five times more than what he was receiving at Dortmund. He is also on Nike’s sponsorship circuit, receiving €1.5m from the sportswear company in 2017 aline.
11 | Kylian Mbappe (football): €10.6m | ***
12 | Aymeric Laporte (football): €9.9m | + €3.8m
13 | Blaise Matuidi (football): €9.6m | – €1.8m
13 | Raphael Varane (football): €9.6m | + €2.4m
15 | Sebastien Ogier (car racing): €9.5m | + €1.4m
16 | N’Golo Kante (football): €7.9m | + €1.3m
17 | Morgan Schneiderlin (football): €7.7m | – €0.6m
18 | Bafetimbi Gomis (football): €7.5m | + €1.7m
18 | Hugo Lloris (football): €7.5m | + €0.3m
18 | Samir Nasri (football): €7.5m | – €2.8m
21 | Hatem Ben Arfa (football): €7.4m | + €1.6m
21 | Dimitri Payet (football): €7.4m | – €2.1m
21 | Corentin Tolisso (football): €7.4m | ***
24 | Kevin Gameiro (football): €7.2m | + €2.2m
25 | Olivier Giroud (football): €6.9m | – €1.4m
25 | Alexandre Lacazette (football): €6.9m | + €1.4m
25 | Anthony Modeste (football): €6.9m | ***
28 | Moussa Sissoko (football): €6.8m | – €0.2m
29 | Geoffrey Kondogbia (football): €6.4m | – €0.1m
30 | Anthony Martial (football): €6.2m | + €0.1m