But how much do the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi actually take home on a yearly basis in total?
In this slideshow, we break down the top earning footballers in the world in 2016 and also have a look at some other top-earning athletes from other sports.
All of the data in the slideshow comes from the Forbes list published in the summer of 2016.
Click below to begin the slideshow.
The Chelsea playmaker is first up and is believed to earn around $22m a year in total.
According to Forbes, the Belgian playmaker earns around $17m in salary and $5m from sponsorship and endorsements every year.
Next up is a Real Madrid star – can you guess who?