The decision by world football body, FIFA to introduce football to the women folk can be regarded as one of the masterstrokes of modern day, football administration.
Apart from allowing women the opportunity to express themselves, football has also served as a means of livelihood.
Women footballers now compare favourably with their male counterparts when it comes to the six-digit figures amounts they earn.
Hotsportstv.com here takes a look at some of the world’s top ten earners.
Interestingly, no African is on the list.
Reigning African women footballer of the year, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala who plies her trade with Chinese team Dalian Quanjian FC is not even rated amongst the top earners
1. Alexandra “Alex” Morgan
Is the highest paid female footballer. The American, an Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, earns $450,000.
She plays for Orlando Pride and the United States women’s national soccer team as forward. She is also on the list of the world’s most sexy female footballers.
2. Marta Vieira
Is a Brazillian female footballer who earns $ 400,000.
Marta Vieira da Silva, popularly known as Marta plays for FC Rosengård in the Swedish Damallsvenskan and the Brazil national team as a forward. She has won the FIFA World Player of the Year.
3. Abby Wambach earns $200,000.
The 35year-old Mary Abigail “Abby” Wambach is an American former soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. Wambach holds the world record for international goals scored by an individual player.
4. Heather Mitts earns $150,000.
Heather Mitts Feeley, née Heather Blaine Mitts born June 9, 1978, is an American former professional soccer defender.
5. German footballer, Nicole Banecki
Is the second highest paid. She earns $90,000
Nicole Banecki born September 3, 1988, is a professional German football player of German-Cameroonian decent. Banecki currently plays for SC Freiburg and she made her debut in the German national team on 7 March 2008 against Finland.
6. Amandine Chantal Henry earns $70,000
Amandine Chantal Henry born September 28, 1989, is a French football player who currently plays for French club Olympique Lyon in the Division 1 Féminine. She plays as a defensive midfielder.
7. Nilla Fischer earns $67,500
Åsa Nilla Maria Fischer is a Swedish footballer for VfL Wolfsburg and the Swedish national team. She was previously the captain of LdB FC Malmö. She currently plays as a defender for VfL Wolfsburg.
8. Hope Solo earns $65,000
Hope Amelia Stevens, popularly known as Hope Solo, is a 34year-old American soccer goalkeeper, she is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup gold medalist.
9.Laure Boulleau earns $60,000
Laure Boulleau is a French football player who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain Féminines as a defender. Boulleau is also a member of the France women’s national football team.
10. Jonelle Filigno
Is a Canadian soccer player for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL who earns $60,000 as salary.
She is also a member of the Canadian national team, with whom she won Olympic bronze at London 2012. She plays as a forward.