Since Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a contract extension with Real Madrid, voices are going round of how this beautiful game is hampered by the ugly face of money. Rooney being the latest in the list to sign a contract extension cannot make the cut in this compilation which shows you how far the game has gone when it comes to money.
10. Yaya Toure:
For a player to start his career from a club that does not exist now, Yaya Toure is worth every penny of the money that he earns now. He has been the most consistent player for Manchester City this season and if City are going to upturn Chelsea in the title race, this is certainly a player they need to remain on the pitch for the most of next two months.
Yaya Toure has played club football in 5 countries with England 6th in the list.
With 13 goals and 5 assists so far this season in the Premier League, Yaya Toure is a prime example that hard work has definitely been the key to success in his case. He earns around 170k a week.
9. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres:
With one player looking past his prime in Fernando Torres, Eden Hazard is exactly the opposite as the Belgian is currently hitting his best form since joining Chelsea by contributing with a total of 7 assists and 12 goals this season. Both of them earns around 185k a week.
8. Frank Lampard and Luis Suarez:
From a villain to a magician, Luis Suarez is the prime example of why Liverpool is this high in the PL table. They not only have exceeded the expectations of the other teams, but also of their fans as they are sitting 2nd in the league. On the other hand, nearly a finished article, Lampard earns the same money as Luis Suarez. Both of them earns around 200k a week
7. Lucas Moura:
“The game’s gone mad”. These were the comments offered by Sir Alex when he saw his side got beaten in the race to sign the Brazilian wonder kid. However the performances shown by the 19 year old has limited game time for fellow experienced players like Pastore, which shows that he is worth the money barrier that was exploded by PSG.
6. Radamel Falcao:
If Falcao huge money transfer was a shock for you, his wages can cause a headache. Since moving to a side that has just been promoted to French League, Falcao is earning a money twice more than what he was earning at his former club Athletico Madrid.
He gets paid a handsome salary of around 268k a week.
5. Edinson Cavani:
If there is one team that has benefitted the most by selling its players, it is Napoli. The former Liverpool boss has enjoyed excessively of the sale outs of star player like Cavani by bringing in new players like Higuain who have disturbed the goal scoring charts.
Although this man has been overshadowed by the noisy Swede on his counterpart, he is just 2nd to his fellow team mate in the goal scoring charts with 14 goals so far. He stands 5th with 288k a week.
4. Gareth Bale:
Gareth bale was surrounded by a lot of criticism following his mega money move from Tottenham, but his performances for the LOS BLANCOS has silenced the critics. In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Welsh International has coped well with his team mates, and he is one of the main reason why Real Madrid is sitting at top of La Liga this season. He earns around 300k a week
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovich:
Although the Swede is out of the World Cup thanks to another man in our list, he would simply have many other things to do thanks to the money his earning at the Qatar group owned PSG. He can be described as the only player whose behavior on and off the pitch shows the media why he is best even at an age of 33. He earns around 418k a week, after averaging nearly a goal per game for the French Champions this season.
2. Lionel Messi:
This season hasn’t been the most industrious for Messi as his injury allowed Ronaldo to escalate above him, not only on his pay scale but also by grabbing the Ballon D’Or award. He gets around 500k a week, although with the same amount of money he was the top paid last year, but Ronaldo contract deseeded him from being on the number one spot.
From the one man army in the Portugal route towards the world cup qualification, to the Ballon D’Or winner this season, Cristiano Ronaldo has got every right to prove he is the man best suited to being the top paid player in the world. He will earn 155million euros over the span of next five years thanks to his contract extension, which makes him the highest paid footballer in the world.
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