The interest in Jamaican football has had a big rise over the past few years.
With players changing their nationalities and with some exciting young players from Jamaica in Europe there is a lot to be excited about.
Now in this post, I am going to take you through the 7 highest-paid Jamaican footballers in the game right now.
7. Ethan Pinnock – £12,000 A Week
Starting the list we have Ethan Pinnock of newly promoted Brentford who is currently earning £12,000 a week.
After signing in 2019, Ethan became a key member of the Brentford side appearing 52 times over his first two campaigns with the side.
Being a rock at the back and keeping several clean sheets, helped him get a long-term deal that now sees him contracted to the club until 2025.
Due to his father being Jamaican, Pinnock decided to play his football for Jamaica in which he made his first appearance in early 2021.
6. Kemar Roofe -£26,000
Kemar Roofe currently makes £26,000 a week while playing under Steven Gerrard for Rangers.
Despite being born in Walsall, England the striker chose to play for Jamaica this year, debuting in a world cup qualifier against Panama.
Before ending up in Scotland where he has been since 2020, the player has played for various clubs in the UK.
Having a great spell with Leeds between 2016 and 2019, where he scored 28 in 110 games, along with also having a brief spell in Belgium with Anderlecht.
5. Andre Blake – £40,000 A Week
The chances are if Andre Blake had moved to Europe he may have got a bigger contract than what he is on now.
However the first team Jamaican has stayed loyal to MLS club Philadelphia Union which he has been with ever since 2014, after being selected in the draft.
Keepers don’t really get the headlines they deserve sometimes, however, Blake has been top quality over the years.
As a result the Union clearly values him, with him signing a contract extension that sees him there until 2025.
He is currently earning a reported £40,000 which puts him 5th in the highest paid at the club.
4. Bobby Decordova Reid – £45,000 A Week
Bobby Decordova Reid is also a high-paid Jamaican who is currently sitting on £45,000 a week.
While playing in the championship now after relegation with Fulham, he has made been appearing for Jamaica ever since 2019.
However, despite being signed up to the nation, he has only made 9 appearances in three years.
3. Michail Antonio – £70,000 A Week
In 2023, Michail Antonio put pen to a 3-year extension that will see him a hammer until 2023, as well as earning £70,000 a week.
This is nothing short of deserved as 31 years old has been class ever since moving from Shrewsbury, helping West Ham secure European football for the 2021/22 season.
Starting out as a winger he has transitioned into a complete number 9, who poses a serious threat in front of goal whenever he plays.
He bullies defenders with his strength, is great at holding the ball up, and has tremendous pace to beat players.
Now like a few players on this list, Antonio switched allegiances to Jamaica this year having never appeared for England.
2. Andre Gray – £70,000 A Week
Before 2021, Andre Gray hadn’t played a single minute of first-team international football.
However, in March he decided to switch from England to representing Jamaica, a country in which he is eligible to represent.
Despite featuring for country, he hasn’t performed that great for club only scoring 5 goals in 30 games in the championship last season.
But since the Hornets saw him as a player who could perform for them, he signed a 5-year deal in 2017, which has the striker earning £70,000 a week.
Now reportedly they are desperate to get rid of him, as he is on a lot of money, and with more strikers being brought he is out of favour.
This is why he has currently gone on loan to get more football action at Queens Park Rangers.
1. Leon Bailey – £70,000 A Week
Leon Bailey tops the list of highest-paid Jamaican footballers with £70,000 a week playing for midlands side Aston Villa.
So far in the premier league, he has made a great first impression which he has had an involvement in two goals in the three games he has appeared in.
His lightning-quick pace and brilliant ball control, are getting not only villa fans excited but Jamaicans too.
As at the age of 24 he showing a lot of promise that could help get his country get success on the world stage.