10 Highest-Paid Female Football Players in the World


Even though football has been a male-dominated sport for centuries, women have risen to the challenges of the sport, while getting good pay.


These women have beaten all odds, rising through the ranks in the football arena, and done tremendously well in representing both their teams and countries. This is to a point of earning exceptionally well as far as salaries are concerned.

File/Courtesy: Samantha May Kerr

Here are the top 10 highest-paid female footballers in the world:

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  • Samantha May

Samantha, popularly referred to as Sam is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Chelsea in the FA women’s super league and the Australia women’s national team. Sam is the only female player who has bagged herself the golden boot in 3 different leagues. She earns $525,000 annually, (Ksh 68.7 million).

  • Carli Lloyd

Carli is an American football player. Even though she retired in 2021, she has had quite success in her football career. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time women’s world cup champion, and a two-time FIFA player of the year in 2015 and 2016. Carli’s paycheck stands at $518,000 annually, (Ksh 67.8 million).

File/Courtesy: Carli Lloyd
  • Hope ‘Solo’ Amelia Stevens

This American former football player was an astute goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000-2016. She is a world cup champion and a two-time Olympic medalist. Hope earns a salary of $500,000 annually, (Ksh 65.5 million).

File/Courtesy: Hope Amelia Stevens
  • Alex Morgan

Alex is an American footballer playing as a striker for San Diego FC. She is also the current captain of the United States national women’s soccer team. Alex earns $450,000 annually, (Ksh 58.9 million).

File/Courtesy: Alex Morgan

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  • Megan Rapinoe

Megan plays for the NWSL as a winger, aside from being in the United States National Team. She has bagged herself a Balon’d Or Feminin and was named the best FIFA women’s player in 2019. Megan earns $447,000, (Ksh 58.5 million).

File/Courtesy: Megan Rapinoe
  • Julie Ertz

Julie plays for the United States Women’s soccer team. She started off humbly, slowly taking the women’s soccer field to the next level, with over 100 appearances. Julie currently bags $430,000 annually, (Ksh 56.3 million).

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File/Courtesy: Julie Ertz
  • Ada Hegerberg

Ada is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a striker for the Division 1 Feminine club Lyon and the Norway National team. She bags a whopping $418,000 annually, (Ksh 54.7 million).

File/Courtesy: Ada Hegerberg
  • Nadine Angerer

Nadine is a German football player and coach, playing both roles for the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League, (NWSL). Nadine earns a salary of $400,000 annually, (Ksh 52,4 million).

File/Courtesy: Nadine Angerer

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  • Marta Vieira Da Silva

Marta is a footballer hailing from Brazil. She plays as a forward for the Orlando Pride in the NWSL and the Brazil National Team. Marta earns $400,000, (Ksh 52.4 million).

File/Courtesy: Marta
  • Amandine Chantal Henry

She is a French footballer currently serving as the France National team’s captain. She earns $394,500 annually, (Ksh 51.6 million)


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