Sam Kerr is said to have earned over $3 million last year, and after Australia fell in love with the Matildas during their World Cup campaign, the soccer superstar and her teammates could become much richer.
The Matildas came fourth in the tournament after going down to England in the semi-finals.
With over 11 million people across Australia tuning into the game, the World Cup has done wonders for our female Australian footballers and the Matildas brand.
Kerr is Australia’s highest paid female soccer player, pocketing $3.3million last year.
Sam Kerr (pictured with girlfriend Kristie Mewis) is Australia’s highest paid soccer player, reportedly pocketing $3.3million last year
That eye-popping figure takes into account his $600,000 salary from club Chelsea, with the rest apparently coming from sponsorship deals with Nike, Mastercard and EA Sports, The Australian Financial Review reported.
Kerr’s 13-year contract with Nike is valued at around $1 million.
Last year, she became the first player to appear on the cover of the FIFA 2023 video game.
She recently bought a vacant beachfront plot for $940,000 in the Perth suburb of North Coogee.
Kerr grew up in the area and the 200m² block is located close to where his parents Roxanne and Roger Kerr live.
The block comes with approved plans for a three story townhouse and sits just behind the shoreline overlooking the ocean.
Sam Kerr arrives at a Nike event in a luxury sports car
The Matildas brand value is expected to soar to $210 million, up from $40 million after the conclusion of the World Cup, according to recent data.
Sam Kerr was pictured shopping at a Louis Vuitton store with his girlfriend
Kerr also made sure to take time out of her busy schedule to enjoy her success, enjoying trips abroad with friends and her partner.
In May last year, she and girlfriend, soccer star Kristie Mewis, visited New York together.
The same month, she traveled to Spain for F1 where she was able to spend time with the McLaren team.
The athlete also vacationed in Bali in 2019 and shared some snaps of herself on a mountain bike with a friend.
Kerr also had the honor of flying on one of Nike’s private jets.
Kerr is seen on the steps of one of Nike’s private jets
Kerr and Mewis enjoy a trip to New York in May last year
Kerr also traveled to Spain for F1
Kerr is seen enjoying an ATV ride while on vacation in Bali in 2019
It comes as the Matildas brand value is expected to soar to $210 million, up from $40 million after the conclusion of the World Cup.
The data was collated by Brand Finance and looked at things like ticket and merchandise sales and TV ratings.
Brand Finance Australia chief executive Mark Crowe said the team is now the country’s most valuable sports brand.
“They are now a very strong brand in the world of football and when you look at their strength in Australia they are up there with some of the strongest commercial brands in the country,” Mr Crowe said. The Guardian.
“The challenge is to sustain that strength beyond the World Cup, a showpiece event that brings incredible focus and focus for a month.”
This increase in value is likely to open the doors to more sponsorship deals for Kerr and other now household names such as Ellie Carpenter, Hayley Raso, Mary Fowler, Caitlin Foord and Mackenzie Arnold.
Australia’s second highest-paid player is Carpenter, who reportedly earned $1.2 million playing for her French club Olympique Lyon.
Behind Carpenter is Emily van Egmond who earned just under $400,000 last year.
Matildas are currently sponsored by Commonwealth Bank, Qantas, Subway, Lego, Nike, Cadbury, Priceline and Spanish car manufacturer Cupra.
Kerr recently bought vacant beachfront land for $940,000 in the Perth suburb of North Coogee