How much does a football player earn in Spain?

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Besides being the most popular sport in Spain, football is a good source of income for its players. Regardless of the category, you can make a living from football, although logically the higher the level, the higher the salary.

Spain is one of the best paid countries in the world of football, and that is why we are going to provide data on salaries in men’s and women’s football.

Find out how much a football player earns in Spain

As in any professional field, remuneration depends to a large extent on the company or team in which you work. That is why even in the same category there can be big differences. In the case of the Primera División, the lowest paid football player in Real Madrid or FC Barcelona could be the highest paid in a newly promoted team.

For this reason, the salary range is very wide. Six seasons ago, the average annual salary was set at approximately 2.5 million euros gross, rising to just over 4 million in 2018/19. In addition, the minimum salary is 155 thousand euros.

In Segunda División, if we take the same period of time as a reference, the average salary has risen from 155 thousand euros to 283 thousand euros, while the minimum is 77 thousand euros.

If we go down to the Third Division, we again find a great disparity in salaries depending on the team. There are players who are paid around 2,000 euros per month, while those who play for smaller clubs can be paid practically for free, or only travel allowances.

How much does a female football player earn in Spain?

As in other sports, there is a big pay gap in women’s football. As it does not generate anywhere near the huge amount of millions that men’s football does, there is less compensation for television rights or advertising. As a result, the clubs have much less money and therefore their wage bill is considerably smaller.

Nevertheless, women’s football has been on the rise in recent years, and is gradually catching up in some respects with its male counterpart. To give an idea of the difference in perspective, last season Ada Hegerberg, the world’s best female footballer and Ballon d’Or winner, was estimated to have a salary of 400,000 euros per year. Undoubtedly, a not inconsiderable figure, but still a long way from the big male stars.

To put this into context, let’s look at the Spanish leagues. In the 2016/17 season, minimum salaries were set at 6500 euros per month for the First Division and 4000 euros per month for the Second Division. Worse still, we have to take into account that almost half of the players do not receive a fixed salary, which calls into question the supposed professionalism of the competitions.

Equally, the competitive context is what it is and the league organisation also distributes much less profit: the champion team of the women’s league pockets 1300 euros, compared to 20 million for the LFP champion.