The Brazilian Serie A, also known as the Brasileirão, is the top of the Brazilian football league system for men’s football clubs. It is home to the most talented players who display their skills in this South American country. Footballers across different clubs battle every week and get handsomely rewarded with decent wages, some of the highest you can find on the continent. Many football players are well paid in the Brazilian league before moving to Europe. Here are the highest-paid Brazilian football players in the Brazilian league.
1. Andreas Pereira – Flamengo
Andreas Pereira is reportedly the highest-paid player in the Brazilian Serie A. The attacking midfielder plays for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A club Flamengo, on loan from Premier League club Manchester United. Andreas is the son of former Brazilian professional footballer Marcos Pereira and joined Flamengo on a one-year loan in August 2021. The 26-year-old reportedly earns about $3,770,000 annually at the club.
2. Gabriel Barbosa – Flamengo
The Brazilian international is one of the most exciting players plying his trade in the Brazilian Serie A. The striker is currently a forward on the books of Rio de Janeiro giants Flamengo. Barbosa, in 61 games, has scored an impressive 42 times for Rubro-Negro, leading them to two league championships in 2019 and 2020. Gabriel is also one of the best-paid players in the league, earning an estimated $3,480,000 in a year.
Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, also known as Hulk, is one of the most popular and highest earners in Brazil. The forward spent most of his career in the top Chinese football club, Shanghai SIPG, where he received very high wages. However, in 2021 Hulk returned to Brazil and signed up with Atlético Mineiro on a two-year contract. Since his return, he has won the Campeonato Mineiro, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Copa do Brasil, and Supercopa do Brasil trophies. Hulk’s salary in the Brazilian League is an estimated $3,260,000 a year.
4. Giorgian de Arrascaeta – Flamengo
The Uruguayan international defender also plays in the Brazilian Serie A. Giorgian has played for about 7 years in Brazil, first for Cruzeiro and currently Flamengo. Arrascaeta has featured in a combined total of 227 games scoring 67 times. The 27-year-old is one of the highest earners in the league and is thought to collect about $2,700,000 annually.
5. Matias Zaracho – Atletico Mineiro
Zaracho is an Argentinian international who plays as an attacking midfielder for Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro. The 24-year-old has been playing in Brazil since 2020. Since he joined Alvinegro, Matias has played 59 league games and scored 9 times. Zaracho is one of the highest earners in the club, estimated to have an annual wage of about $2,400,000.
6. Gabriel Veron – Palmeiras
The Brazilian youngster is one of the most exciting players in the league, right, generating a lot of rave reviews. Veron plays for Palmeiras, one of the best teams in the country. The 19-year-old was part of the squad that won the South American Copa Libertadores in 2020 and 2021. Gabriel has also won the Campeonato Paulista, and Copa do Brasil, both in 2020. The attacking player, who is said to be generating interest from various clubs in Europe, is thought to earn about $1,800,000 annually. He is one of the best South American football youngsters right now, and a move to an elite club Europe is not far off.
7. Eduardo Pereira Rodríguez – Palmeiras
Dudu, as he is popularly called, is another player on the books of Palmeiras. The Brazilian winger has been on their books since 2015. The 30-year-old has won a lot of laurels for the Serie A side over the years. He has so far scored 43 goals in 175 league appearances. He’s reported to earn about $1,000,000 in a year.
According to a report by Statista, Flamengo had the highest wage bill per month among the top Brazilian football clubs, with 23 million Brazilian reals. While Palmeiras paid salaries amounting to 18 million Brazilian reals per month in 2021.