Following the closure of the January transfer window and some recent contract extensions, we had a look at the 10 highest-paid footballers in the current game, with Cristiano Ronaldo only sitting in third spot.
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Carlos Tevez reportedly became the world’s highest paid player after joining Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, where he receives €40 million (R576m), according to Gazzetta dello Sport writer Tancredi Palmeri.
With this whopping salary, which is almost twice as much as Cristiano Ronaldo is getting after his recent contract extension, the Argentine became the highest paid player in football history.
He is followed by Oscar, who reportedly pockets €24 million (R345m) following his move from Chelsea Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.
Ronaldo was recently named the highest paid sportsman by Forbes, who – unlike this article – look at the players overall packages including bonus payments and endorsement deal, and sits in third spot with €21 million (R302m).
Hulk is the third player among the five highest paid players currently plying his trade in China, with the Brazilian reportedly receiving a similar annual salary to Lionel Messi (both €20 million, R288m).
Neymar has jumped into sixth spot after his recent extension with FC Barcelona, with his basic net salary reported to be €19 million (R273m), while his overall package is believed to be higher than Messi’s in 2018-expiring deal.
Axel Witsel (€18 million, R259m) and Graziano Pelle (€16 million, R230m) are two more stars, who swopped playing in Europe for big money in China, with the latter allegedly receiving as much as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Gareth Bale and Robert Lewandowski, who are both pocketing around €15 million (R216m), complete the ranking.
Note: All figures are basic annual salaries after deduction, but excluding bonus payments and endorsements, as reported by Tancredi Palmeri.
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