As cliché as it may sound, Football is the most popular and played game in Argentina. The short men from the land down south have a distinct place for the game that is football. Considered among the best football clubs in the FIFA rankings, it is among the eight countries in the world that have won the World Cup. They have appeared five times in FFA World Cup Finals, won their first in 1978 against Netherlands and their latest win being in 1986 against West Germany. As a matter of fact, they have two World Cup titles to their name. This is all thanks to the incredible football stars.
Argentina has produced some of them most exquisite and highly paid players in the world. Their talent on the field and attitude while signing contracts make them some of the best players in the world. Here are the highest paid top Football Players from Argentina in year 2017.
10. Nicolas Otamendi – Net Worth – $13 Million
Nicolas Otamendi is one of the most disciplined defenders of modern football. He started off at Velez Sarsfield in Argentina, and his defensive proficiency saw a move to Portuguese side Porto in 2010 spending three seasons at the club. He would later move to Atletico Mineiro for a season before being snubbed by Valencia in 2013. Manchester City would later sign him in 2015 and has been at the club since. He won eight trophies with Porto including the 2011 Europa League. He represented Argentina in the 2010 World Cup and two Copa America competitions finishing Runners-up in both competitions. He is a reliable player at the back with immense tackling ability amazing clean sheets record.
9. Gonzalo Higuain- Net Worth – $16 Million
Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of recent time, Gonzalo Higuain started his professional career in 2005 with Argentine side River Plate FC making 41 appearances and scoring 12 times for the club. Real Madrid came calling in 2006 and he answered. His lethal goal scoring ability saw him score 121 goals for the Spanish giants in 264 appearances. However, lack of enough playing time at the Los Blancos club triggered a move away to Napoli where he had the same effect, netting 91 times in 146 appearances. He would later move to Juventus, and the tale goes on. He has already scored 22 times in 33 appearances, and no one can argue the striker is leaving a deserved mark in the world of football.
8. Pablo Zabaleta – Net Worth – $18 Million
An old boy of modern football, Zabaleta has been an integral part of Manchester City’s recent success. His professional career started in Argentina;s San Lorenzo back in 2002. He made 79 appearances scoring nine times in the right position. He would later move to Spanish side Espanyol, appearing 102 times and netting thrice. His defensive and attacking flair led to a move to English giants Manchester City in 2008. Being an imperant first team player has seen him make over 300 appearances for City, scoring ten times. He won the FIFA World Youth Championship with Argentina and the Olympic gold in 2008.
7. Erik Lamela – Net Worth – $21.9 Million
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lamela started his professional football career at River Plate FC between 2008 and 2011, making 36 appearances for the side and scoring four goals. His presence in midfield, goal creation ability, and tremendous pace triggered a move to Italian side Roma in 2011, spending two seasons with the side and scoring 21 goals in 21 appearances. He would later move to English side Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. He has been a crucial first team player, already having made 119 appearances for the club netting 19 times. He has made 23 appearances for the national side, scoring three times
6. Angel Di Maria Net Worth – $22 Million
Angel Di Maria has had his fair share of ups and downs, with his career having seen him play in Argentina, Spain, England and currently France. His attacking flair and superb work rate with immense skill on the ball is coveted by football bosses and players alike. He won the La Decima (tenth) UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. He would later move to Manchester United, but spells on the sidelines saw him move to French side Paris St. Germain in search for first team play. He is currently in top form, able to crate and score goals at will.
5. Carlos Tevez – Net Worth – $28 Million
When the Chinese Super League started signing prolific and famous players from European clubs, never would one guess that Carlos Tevez would be worth over 50 million dollars. When he plays, be sure he will be involved in his side’s goals in one way or another. He has a lethal right foot and is always looking to tear down the best defenses in football. He has won almost every other major title including the coveted English Premier League, the lucrative UEFA Champions League with Manchester United and the Italian Serie A with former club Juventus. His net worth is set to double at the end of his Chinese contract, with a 325 million dollar weekly payday.
4. Ezequiel Lavezzi – Net Worth – $38 Million
Ezequiel Lavezzi is known for his extensive work rate on the field and flair in front of goal. He can play as both an attacking midfielder and winger, with a third eye for goal and creative skills. He is currently playing football in Asia, having signed for Chinese club Hebei China. Ezequiel is known to have been part of the team that won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games and the Domestic Treble with Paris St. Germain. Lavezzi’s pace and dribbling skills set him apart from other Argentine players and had been central to his former club’s recent success.
3. Javier Mascherano – Net Worth – $40 Million
Among the richest Argentine players is Javier Mascherano. He is popular for his perfect marking of opponents, tough tackles and versatility and tactical gameplay. He plays for Spanish side Barcelona as a right full back as well as center back. Javier’s key European titles have been won by his current Barcelona club both locally and internationally. Before moving to the Spanish Club, he played for English side Liverpool FC. His major titles include the 2004 and 2008 Olympic gold medals with national side Argentina, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup runners-up. he has also bagged the 2105 and 2016 Copa America Centenario respectively. His club career has seen him win every other domestic and European cups, including the Champions League and La Liga.
2. Sergio Aguero – Net Worth – $70 Million
Sergio Aguero’s name is synonymous with Manchester City, being the team’s talismanic striker. To make it in England is no stroll in the park. Sergio Aguero has done just that and so much more. Although many are sued to Aguero playing the all-out center forward position, amazingly he can also play as a second striker. All his domestic trophies have been won at Manchester City. Aguero is a goal scorer, having been rated among EPL’s top players with an above average scored goals per minute ratio. Internationally, some of his achievements are the 2015 Copa America, the 2016 Copa America Centenario and finished 2nd Runner’s Up in the FIFA World Cup in the year 2014.
1. Lionel Messi – Net Worth – $218 Million
The current skipper for the national side is the most prolific player for both club and country. Messi’s career began at Barcelona’s youth team with his first professional appearance being in 2003 at age 15. His five goals in ten appearances would mark the start of prolific footballing career. He made the senior team in 2004 and has gone to score 487 times for the Catalans. He made the Argentine National Squad in 2004, starting off with the under 20 side on his way to the senior team. He has netted 73 goals in 139 appearances, making him one of the most successful capped forwards for the national side. His small stature and technical ability, matched with his eye for the goal make him one amazing player. His fortune can be traced back to multiple endorsement deals and a lucrative club contract.
Will Lionel Messi match Diego Maradona’s achievements, or will he succumb to the pressure and retire prematurely again? Argentina as a country might not be as extravagant as Europe, but there is no denying that they are not short of talent. Argentina have had to settle for the second spot in major competitions including the FIFA World Cup and Copa America; two of the most coveted competitions Argentina have blessed us with their presence.