Top 10 highest-paid footballers in Europe - including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi- Pogba and Lukaku not among them
There are some staggering sums of money being paid out to footballers. And the figures are only getting bigger.
With teams being forced to offer contracts promising eye-watering sums of money in order to keep hold of their best players, this creates a chain reaction that naturally sees the progressive increase of players’ wages.
And they are probably much higher than you think.
French publication L’Equipe has released its annual report of football’s highest salaries, with the top 10 highest earners playing in either the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga or Ligue 1.
So, without further ado, here they are. The 10 highest-paid footballers on earth.
10. Mesut Ozil - Arsenal - £1.4m per month
One of just two Premier League players on this list, Arsenal have found they have had to keep paying their star man an increasingly high wage since his arrival in 2013.
There are two main reasons for this: Firstly, to keep the prying eyes of potential buyers away, and second, just to keep Ozil’s motivated.
There is no doubting Ozil’s status, on his day, as one of the world’s most talented players, and this is represented by his £16.8m annual pay packet.
9. Kylian Mbappe - PSG - £1.5m per month
You would, presumably, have to search far and wide for a very long time to find a richer 20-year-old than Kylian Mbappe.
The PSG forward pretty much had the rest of his life sorted when signing for the French giants for £154.6m in 2017, knowing that, should he gain the most from his talent and potential, and use his money wisely, he probably wouldn’t have to work for another day in his life.
With him scooping an incredible £375,000 per week, it’s a good job he’s a good footballer
8. Alexis Sanchez - Manchester United - £1.99m per month
Enough to make any football fan who has overseen his career in Manchester thus far choke on their morning muesli, Sanchez’s earning, let's just say, maybe isn’t completely warranted.
Since making the trip North West last January, Sanchez has failed to live up to the expectations of Red Devils fans, many of whom are unhappy with the amount of money he is taking from the club.
With hefty earning not entirely reflected in his performances on the field (when he plays), it is hard to picture the Chilean earning the money he does, at United, for much longer.
7. Philippe Coutinho - Barcelona - £2m per month
Although he was, himself, desperate for a move to Catalonia when Barcelona signed him from Liverpool last January, this didn’t mean the Camp Nou occupants weren’t going to pay Coutinho a shedload anyway.
One of three Barcelona players on the list, Coutinho is another who, when considering his salary, hasn’t really moved mountains at Barca.
But there is no doubt in his talent and, while taking half a million quid a week, you would imagine his best moments in Spain are still to come.
6. Gareth Bale - Real Madrid - £2.2m per month
The only Real Madrid representative on this list but nevertheless still included in the La Liga contingent that forms half of it, Bale is another who has been raking it in since moving abroad in 2013.
The Welshman’s takes a lot of stick from the Los Blancos faithful, quite simply because he isn’t as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, but he is the one laughing at the end of the day with his very healthy earning.
No one knows how much longer Bale will be at the Bernabeu, but while he is still there, he will continue to earn an extremely large sum of money.
5. Luis Suarez - Barcelona - £2.5m per month
Into the top five, and next on the list is Luis Suarez who, for the best part of five years now, he’s been regarded by many as the best out-and-out number nine on the planet.
Well, at least he’s earned it then.
The Uruguayan forward carries tremendous goalscoring figures at three of the biggest clubs in the world (Ajax, Liverpool and Barcelona), and in today’s market, that means the Barcelona forward earns a great deal of money.
4. Neymar - PSG - £2.7m per month
Mbappe’s PSG club mate and, officially, the most expensive footballer ever.
After signing from Barcelona for £190.6m in 2017, it would just look daft if the Brazilian didn’t earn big money himself to go with it.
Earning a gargantuan £162m over the course of his five-year contract in the French capital, it’s fair to say the Brazilian forward need not enter the lottery for a while.
3. Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid - £2.9m per month
If you can’t work out who the top two are, then you probably don’t follow football that actively. However, in third is a name that may come as a surprise for a few.
But if you look a little beneath the tip of the iceberg, you will understand that, following years of heavy speculation linking him with Barcelona, Atletico will be keen to cling on to their key man Antoine Griezmann.
And what better way do this than by throwing heaps of money at him!? Earning £725,000 per week, we can’t really see the Frenchman being too upset should he have to remain in the Spanish capital.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - Juventus - £4.1m per month
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for.
You didn’t think upon signing Ronaldo last summer, that Juventus weren’t going to look after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, did you?
The Portuguese maverick’s contract represents a steep incline from the working-class examples offered upon players 3-10 in this list, with him and the next man effectively in a financial league of their own.
1. Lionel Messi - Barcelona -£7.3m per month
Although there wasn’t much doubt as to who the number one would be, the wide gap between Messi and Ronaldo’s contract figures will still no doubt shock a few.
Earning just short of £2m-per-week, do not be too surprised if the Argentinian magician finishes his career at the club he signed for aged 13.
With contracts containing figures that are admittedly quite hard to believe, Messi and Ronaldo’s combined deals are worth more than double the combination of the two players before them in this list, Neymar and Griezmann.
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