Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped further down in the list of the highest-paid players in the world, with as many as five players now pocketing more than the latest Ballon d'Or winner – here are the 10 best-earning footballers right now.
Click through the gallery above to see the 10 highest-paid players in the game and what they are earning annually, according to Marca and Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri.
The 33-year-old dropped a transfer bombshell straight after the UEFA Champions League final in May, saying he could leave the club in this window.
Ronaldo is believed to be upset with the fact that longstanding rival Lionel Messi earns more than double what he does. The Argentine is currently the highest-paid player in the world, earning €46 million (R735 million) a year following his latest contract extension with FC Barcelona, as per Marca.
Neymar sits in second place, earning €36 million (R575 million) annually at Paris Saint-Germain, while Andres Iniesta will receive €25 million (R399 million) a season at his new side Vissel Kobe, according to beIN SPORTS correspondent Tancredi Palmeri.
Former Chelsea star Oscar dropped to fourth spot with a reported annual salary of €24 million (R383 million), while Alexis Sanchez became the highest-paid Premier League player after joining Manchester United, who are understood to be paying him €22.5 million (R359 million) per season.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, is on €21 million (R335 million) a year at Real, and wants an increased salary closer to what Neymar and Messi are earning.
Antoine Griezmann joined the elite earners following his latest contract extension at Atletico Madrid, which reportedly sees him pocketing €20 million (R319 million) annually, as much as Brazilian striker Hulk receives at Shanghai SIPG in China.
Javier Mascherano is believed to take home €19 million (R303 million) a year in China, €1 million (R16 million) more than 10th-placed Axel Witsel does.
Note: All figures in this article are based on information from Marca and Palmeri, and are salaries after deductions and excluding personal sponsorship deals.
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