The goalkeeper position is regarded as the most valuable role on the soccer pitch. To be a great keeper, one needs to have exemplary skills between the pipes, together with a strong defense out front. Stopping the opposing offense from penetrating the goal, diving around a restricted box and using your hands to catch, throw and save the ball all takes superb reflexes, great anticipation and lots of practice to perfect.
Goalkeepers are the backbone of any soccer team as they play an important role in directing the strategy of every player on the field. Legendary goalkeepers like Gordon Banks, Peter Schmeichel, Lev Yashin and Dino Zoff are just a few who have added glory and fame to the beautiful game of football with their displays of class and poise.
Even today, the world has a number of the finest goalkeepers playing for several top level clubs in Premier league, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 showing great performances both at club and country-level soccer games. With their amazing skills and abilities to prevent opponents from scoring, they have gained fame proportional to their huge salaries. So, let us take a look at the top 10 highest-paid goalkeepers in football today.
10. Salvatore Sirigu – £2.60 Million Per Year
A third-choice goalkeeper for the national team of Italy behind Gigi Buffon and Morgan Desanctis, Salvatore Sirigu plays for the Paris Saint Germain side in club football. Sirigu started out his career at Palermo in 2006 and moved out on loan to Cremonese and Ancona before joining the Ligue 1 side PSG in 2011 for a transfer fee of €3.5 million. Having Played for Italy’s U-18, U-19 and U-21 team, Sirigu made it to Italy’s national team in 2010 and earns £2.60 million per year with his club PSG where his contract remains until 2014.