Football is the most popular sport in the world and is counted among the best paid sports in the world.Football is currently best place to earn money for the athletes. If you are looking for the highest paid footballers in the world, checkout the list.
Here are the 10 highest paid footballers in the world-
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10.NEYMAR(Barcelona) [salary £ 262k per week]
Neymar was earning under £100k per week until September 2016,but in October he signed a new 5 year contract that makes him second highest earning Barcelona player.
9.Paul Pogba(Manchester United) [salary £ 290k per week]
Manchester United’s last summer signing from Juventus for a world record fee of £89m ,Paul Pogba is No.8 in the list of highest paid footballers in the world.
8.Axel Witsel(Tianjin Quanjian) [salary £ 294k per week]
Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel is a Belgian professional footballer who recently signed for Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian. The club signed him from Zenit Saint Petersburg for £62m.
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7.Hulk(Shanghai SIPG) [salary £320k per week]
The Brazilian player joined Shanghai SIPG in the summer of 2016,that made him the highest paid footballer in Asian football history.But the record was broken soon.
6.Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) [salary £350k per week]
The man from Cardiff, Wales has had a meteoric rise since being a left back for Southampton in 2007.Gareth Bale made headlines after making move to Real Madrid on the most expensive transfer deal in the world (85 million pound).
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5.Lionel Messi(Barcelona) [salary £365k per week]
5 times Ballon d’Or winner,Lionel Messi is the highest paid Barcelona player with £365k per week.His his contract expires in 2018,but he is expected to sign a new one soon.
4.Ezequiel Lavezzi(Habei China Fortune) [salary £400k per week]
On 17 February 2016, Lavezzi signed with Hebei China Fortune on a two-year deal where he earns £400k per week,that made him highest paid Argentine footballer ever.
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3.Oscar(Shanghai SIPG) [salary £400k per week]
From a bench warmer at Chelsea to one of the highest paid footballers in the world,Oscar’s story is interesting.
He was was struggling for game time at Chelsea and there were rumours that Juventus might sign the Brazilian for £20m.But then Shanghai SIPG made a bid of £60m with a weekly salary of £400k per week,and there was only one winner.
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2.Cristiano Ronaldo(Real Madrid) [salary £425k per week]
Cristiano Ronaldo , one of the top footballers in the world from Portugal . Currently playing for the team of Real Madrid in La Liga and recently won his 4th Ballon D’or Award.
Whilst the debate will rage on regarding who is the better player(on comparison with Messi), we can tell you that Cristiano Ronaldo is the better paid.
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1.Carlos Tevez(Shanghai Shenhua) [salary £615k per week]
The former Manchester United,Manchester City and Juventus star Carlos Tevez became the highest paid footballer in the world when he signed for Shanghai Shenhua.
The world’s highest paid player joined Shanghai Shenhua in a deal that saw Boca Junior net an incredible £73million.