The expert circuit was once mocked by Roy Keane, but it remains a viable and lucrative career path for many former professionals.
The transition from a professional footballer to a professional football expert is a well-worn path and can certainly be a lucrative endeavor if done right.
Fans love to hear past players and managers’ analysis of modern gaming, and there’s no shortage of vocal characters to step into the realm of the reviewer.
Whether it’s the inevitable exasperation of Roy Keane and Graeme Souness, the interactive graphics of Gary Neville, or the pun-filled presentation of Gary Lineker, it provides entertainment.
So how much do experts get paid to espouse their opinions in the TV studio? Goal take a look.
How much are football experts paid?
There is no fixed salary for a football expert, so payment can be negotiated between a network and an individual.
A television expert can earn between hundreds of thousands and millions a year for giving his opinion. The level of their salary depends on various factors, such as reputation, profile, seniority and abilities.
It can be difficult to say exactly how much an expert is paid, but in the UK we know for sure how much BBC experts get paid because the public broadcaster publishes the numbers.
Gary Lineker is the longtime host of the BBC’s famous Premier League Match of the Day highlights program and earns £ 1.35million ($ 1.8million) a year for his troubles.
Oh dear. Thoughts are with the haters during this difficult time. https://t.co/r41naocRcI
– Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) September 15, 2020
The former England and Barcelona forward signed a new five-year contract with the network in 2020, which actually involved a 23% cut from his previous terms.
He was previously paid £ 1.75million a year, so the pay cut is £ 400,000 less.
Outside of Lineker, Alan Shearer is the highest paid Match of the Day expert with an annual salary of £ 395,000 ($ 550,000) – a drop of £ 50,000 from the previous rate of £ 445,000 per year .
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas is paid between £ 200,000 and £ 205,000 ($ 278k – $ 285k), while ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright’s last MOTD salary was a little less than £ 150,000 ($ 210k) per year.
|Rank||Expert||Annual salary (2020)|
|1||Gary Lineker||£ 1.35m|
|2||Alan shearer||£ 395,000|
|3||Jermaine Jenas||£ 200,000 to £ 205,000|
|4||Ian wright||£ 150,000|
* Table only shows BBC Match of the Day experts
However, while these numbers are not to be sniffed at, the biggest paychecks seem to be handed out to those who work for pay-TV networks such as Sky Sports and BT Sport, who boast of lucrative contracts to broadcast the Premier League and Champions League among other competitions.
Manchester United-Liverpool double-act Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher earn around £ 1million each per year for their contributions as experts on Sky Sports, according to the Daily Express.
Prior to joining management, former Arsenal and France star Thierry Henry was one of television’s highest paid pundits, with the Daily mail reporting he was on a £ 4million a year ($ 5.5million) contract.
Of course, like everything in business, not all networks work the same and the salary of an expert can vary wildly, especially for those who work as a freelancer.
While some experts may work on prorated contracts, meaning they get paid in full regardless of how many appearances they make, others will get paid on appearance.