When Graziano Pellè moved to the Super League he became ten highest paid footballer and the most paid striker on earth, but where does he stand with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo?
Ten Highest Paid Footballers are:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, of Real Madrid, plays for N6.8bn (£18m) yearly. There really was no question who would head off this list. With his fresh win at Euro 2016, Ronaldo remains at maximum.
With Ronaldo’s intense N129.3 million (£345,000) weekly salary; he’s by far the most rewarded playing the game.
2. And we couldn’t overlook Barcelona’s Lionel Messi with his own N6.4billion (£17m) annual deal; regarded as the best player, winning all the titles short of a senior level national team title.
And his weekly take home of N122.8 million (£330,000) is nothing to cry about.
3. While he’s not green, Hulk, of Shanghai SIPG earns his N6.2bn (£16.5m) yearly by acting like the giant as a striker, bringing him N118.8 million (£317,000) weekly while playing in China’s most dense city.
Once leaving Zenit St. Petersburg in June, Hulk became a member of Shanghai SIPG.
4. Neymar, a teammate of Messi’s, plays for Barcelona for a tidy N5.6 billion (£15m) annually- this spirited duke of football continually proves his worth.
The South American deserves every cent of the N108.7 million (£290,000) he makes weekly for his active goals and relationship to Messi and Suarez.
5. Built on raw skills, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Manchester United, earns his keep with an annual N5 billion (£13m). Although Zlatan is 34 years old, his age doesn’t prevent him from ensuring wins for his team.
Ibrahimovic maintains his position by winning league titles in every country that he’s joined.
Before Zlatan left PSG he too was one of the world’s most paid; now Manchester United pays him N93.7 million (£250,000) every week.
6. Euro 2016 star, Graziano Pelle of Shandong Luneng, now takes in N4.7 billion (£12.5m) yearly. Pelle had decided to leave Southampton early in July, and the Chinese team eagerly signed him on.
Gasps were heard everywhere when it was reported how much Pelle now brings in: N97.5 million (£260,000) weekly; becoming a top-earning football player the world over.
7. Thomas Müller of Bayern Munich kicks around N4.3 bn (£11.5m) every year, unlike the other footballers on this list, Müller can’t quite be pinned down as to his specific talent; he’s excellent at pacing, passing, shooting, and strategic abilities.
Thomas Müller is definitively Bayern Munich and Deutschland’s greatest player taking home N82.5 million (£220,000) every week.
8. The Argentine player, Ezequiel Lavezzi, who currently plays for Hebei China Fortune allows the Chinese to pay him N4 billion (£10.5m) annually. Despite the fact that he hasn’t won a final in the past three years when he was with his home country; HCF snatched him up as soon as he mentioned leaving PSG in January.
The South American striker plays for a sweet N74.4 million (£200,000) every week. It cost him just N1.8 billion (£4.7m) to transfer from his previous team to HCF.
9. Apparently, China’s printing presses never cease as, Jackson Martinez of Guangzhou, earns nearly N4 billion (£10m) every year. His weekly contract alone is a sizzling N74.9 million (£192,000).
As a star player Martinez has brought in multiple goals and assists in 10 games. Martinez had left Atletico Madrid in January for Guangzhou.
10. Thiago Silva who plays for Paris-Saint Germain excitedly earns N3.6 billion (£9.5m) annually. Silva is likely the greatest defender beside Gerard Pique, Diego Godin, and Sergio Ramos.
The ex-AC Milan defender sleeps soundly taking home N68.2 million (£182,000) every week being a PSG captain.
Source : Naij