But that’s not a lifestyle that most footballers worldwide would recognize.
So we commissioned the 2016 FIFPRO Global Employment Report, which draws on the evidence of 14,000 players worldwide to help us illustrate the reality.
The report drew on feedback from players in 54 countries and 87 leagues in Europe, the Americas and Africa.
We found that most players have short and fragile careers with an average contract length of just under two years.
- More than 45% surveyed earned less than $1000 (USD) a month
- The median net monthly salary worldwide ranged between $1000 and $2000 (USD)
- 2% of players received $720,000 (USD) or more per annum in take-home pay
- 41% of players were paid late on time at least once in the previous two seasons
- More than 700 players (6% of those surveyed) had been pressured to to train alone