Highly paid football player in the 2023 Women’s World Cup

While the United States is aiming for a historic three-peat this summer, playing against the rest of the globe in Australia and New Zealand, it’s not much of a competition monetarily, with 11 highly paid football players out of 15 earners being Americans.

The United States of America’s women’s national team has dominated international football for decades, and after winning two consecutive Women’s World Cup titles, they seek to extend their winning streak to three. They possess 11 of the top 15 positions on the list of the highest-earning competitors in this summer’s Australian and New Zealand tournament, demonstrating their unmatched financial might.

According to estimations from Forbes, the USWNT’s Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, who each earned $7 million in the previous 12 months (before taxes and agency fees), are in the lead. This includes both their on-field earnings from their National Women’s Soccer League and US Soccer club contracts as well as their off-field earnings from endorsements, licensing, memorabilia, and other business activities.

Women’s football has gained more popularity in the US than in other markets, such as those in Europe where men’s football still holds sway, as a result of the team’s noteworthy success during the past 30 years.
According to Forbes, at least six American athletes make at least $1 million a year outside of the World Cup.
There is just one player at that level on every other squad in the competition: Spain’s Alexia Putellas, who makes a total of $4 million and $3.2 million off the field.

All of these numbers undoubtedly appear modest in comparison to the astounding amounts in men’s sports.
The top three football players on Forbes’ 2023 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes were Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Kylian Mbappe; each had earned at least $120 million in the year before to May. Only 15 women make up the 2023 Women’s World Cup ranking, which is even lower than the proportion of male athletes. Nike is paying these specific athletes what they pay their interns, a mocking agent observed.

It is also only a quarter of the men’s World Cup prize money, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino said this week that it cannot be guaranteed that all players will get their share. Prize money for the Women’s World Cup has risen to $110 million, nearly quadrupling 2019’s $30 million, with at least half going to their unions rather than the players. All contestants will receive at least $30,000, while members of the winning team will each receive $270,000 (this has already been announced by the organization). This month, host team Australia expressed their displeasure with the exit; Meanwhile, teams from Canada, England, Jamaica, Nigeria, and South Africa are negotiating compensation with their national associations.

But there is momentum in women’s sports. FIFA is hoping – perhaps too optimistically – to close the men’s and women’s World Cup pay gap ahead of the 2027 tournament, with ticket sales and attendances on the rise. This week, American soccer sponsor Visa reaffirmed its pledge that 50% of its investment will go to women’s teams and other women’s soccer initiatives, with players looking for opportunities to gain support from new brands and new categories. Research firm SponsorUnited found last year that the number of brands sponsoring or buying media in the NWSL has grown more than 150% since 2019, more than four times that of Major League Soccer.

List of the players:

Alex Morgan

Earnings: $7.1 million

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Megan Rapinoe

Earnings: $7 million

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Alexia Putellas

Earnings: $$4 million

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Trinity Rodman

$2.3 million

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Crystal Dunn

$2 million

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Julie Ertz

$2 million

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Sophia Smith

 $2 million

Sophia Smith

Lindsey Horan

$1.5 million

Lindsey Horan

Rose Lavelle

$1.4 million

Rose Lavelle

Sofia Huerta

$1.3 million

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Ada Hegerberg

$1.2 million

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Chloe Kelly

$1.2 million

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Sam Kerr

$1.2 million

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Kelley O’Hara

$1.2 million

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Alyssa Naeher

$1.1 million

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