Have you ever wondered how much the AFL players are earning in every game they play? Or how rich they are? Well, most of the AFL players are earning more than we could ever imagine. Some of them even earn millions of dollars every year!
Here are some the highest-paid players of the AFL:
Dustin Martin (Richmond Football Club)
Martin usually plays as a midfielder or a forward of the squad who started his AFL career in 2009. He was drafted as the third pick of Richmond and was able to make his debut the following year. In 2017, he won a Brownlow medal garnering a total of 36 votes.
Despite being offered $10.5 million offer from North Melbourne and an estimated $1.2 to $1.3 million worth of contract at Tigerland, he declined the offers and decided to stay at Richmond.
Here is a quick rundown of his achievements:
- AFL Rising Star nominee in 2010
- Received Norm Smith Medal in 2017 and 2019
- Received Brownlow Medal in 2017
- Received Leigh Matthews Trophy in 2017
- Received AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Award in 2017
- All-Australian Team in 2016, 2017, and 2018
- Received Jack Dyer Medal in 2016 and 2017
- Received Gary Ayres Award in 2017 and 2019
- Received Herald Sun Player of the Year in 2017
- Received Lou Richards Medal in 2017
- Received Ian Stewart Medal in 2017 and 2019
- Received Yiooken Award in 2016 and 2017
- Received 22under22 Team in 2012 and 2013
Lance Franklin (Sydney Swans)
Franklin is currently a key forward of Sydney Swans who won two premierships, four All-Australian selections, two Coleman Medals, and a Peter Crimmins Medal.
When he played with Hawthorn Football Club from 2005 to 2013, he also received a nomination for the AFL Rising Star award. In 2014, he signed a nine-year $10 million deal with the Swans.
Nat Fyfe (Fremantle Football Club)
In 2010, Fyfe was also nominated for the AFL Rising Star award. He is also a dual Brownlow Medallist, dual Leigh Matthews Trophy awardee, and a three-time Doig Medallist. Throughout his career, he only played with Fremantle and did not transfer to other clubs.
Fyfe usually plays as the midfielder or forward of the squad who was able to lead the team to several victories. In 2017, he signed a six-year $6.5 million contract and remains the captain of the squad.
Here are some of his achievements:
- Received Jim Stynes Medal in 2017
- Received AFLCA Best Young Player of the Year in 2011
- Received Herald Sun Player of the Year in 2013 and 2015
- Received Geoff Christian Medal in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019
Tom Lynch (Richmond Football Club)
Lynch is currently the full-forward of Richmond and also the former co-captain of Gold Coast Suns from 2017 to 2018. During his stay with the Suns, he was able to score a total of 254 goals in 131 games. He was also a two-time Gold Coast club champion and a four-time Goal Coast leading goalkicker.
Last year, he officially joined Richmond and signed a $6.5 million seven-year contract. It was also reported that he will be paid $500,00 per season.
Here is a quick rundown of all his achievements:
- Received Leigh Matthews Trophy in 2012
- Received Brownlow Medal in 2013
- Received Rons Evan Medal in 2013
Jeremy Cameron (Great Western Sydney)
Playing as the full-forward of the squad since 2012, he was regarded as Giants’ leading goal-kicker for eight consecutive seasons.
He started his career with the Giants when he was selected in 2010. One of the reasons that made him stand-out is that he immediately made a huge impact on the squad. In fact, he was set to be the future superstar forward for kicking a total of 29 goals during his first season. The following year, he kicked a total of 62 goals and earning his first All-Australian selection.
With his outstanding performance on the field, the spectators compared him to AFL legends like Matthew Lloyd and Jonathan Brown during his second season with the squad. His deal with the Giants is rumoured to be around $4 million.
Tom Boyd (Western Bulldogs)
Boyd was originally drafted by the Giants during the AFL Draft in 2013. However, he was traded to Western Bulldogs the following year. Two years later, he led the team to their first premiership win since 1954. In 2016, Boyd is already struggling from injuries that kept him on the sidelines for the first half of the season. Due to his continuous struggle with injuries and mental health, he decided to retire from the AFL last year.
But in terms of a long-term contract, he signed a $7 million deal when he moved from GWS at the end of 2014.
Isn’t it amazing to know how much these players earn? With the amount of training, effort, and injuries they endured, they deserve a huge wage at the end of the day.