Cristiano Ronaldo is only in fourth place among football's highest-paid players in history, while an African superstar, who was the world's top earner in 2011, has dropped outside of the top 10. Here are football's biggest earners ever!
Click through the gallery above to see the highest-paid players in football history, and what they earned per year, according to Marca and Tancredi Palmeri!
Ronaldo signed a deal worth a whopping €31 million (R607 million) per year in basic salary, excluding bonus payments and income from sponsorships, when he joined Juventus in 2018.
In fact, his latest contract is believed to be the biggest he has signed in his illustrious career after the Serie A giants raised his annual salary by €10 million (R196 million) in comparison to what he earned at Real Madrid. He is also the top earner in Serie A, but three players in football history have had even bigger contracts.
Two of them, Lionel Messi and Neymar, are currently still on their record deals, with the Argentine pocketing €46 million (R900 million) a year at FC Barcelona, while the Brazilian receives €36 million (R704 million) annually at Paris Saint-Germain.
The previous record-holder, though, was Carlos Tevez. The Argentine is understood to have earned €40 million (R783 million) with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in 2017 before Messi signed his latest contract extension.
However, back in 2011, Samuel Eto'o was the top earner in the game. The retired Cameroon striker had joined Anzhi Makhachkala, who paid him €20 million (R391 million) a season – a record deal at the time.
Stars such as David Beckham, Andres Iniesta and Kylian Mbappe are also among the best-paid players in football history – you can find the top 13 in the gallery above!
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