Following his transfer to Real Madrid, Eden Hazard reportedly became the club’s highest-paid player, but where does he rank among the world’s top earning stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi?
Click through the gallery above to see the 10 highest-paid players in the game, according to Marca and Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri.
Hazard joined Los Blancos for a whopping €100 million (R1.61 billion) plus a massive package of add-ons in the beginning of June.
According to the Independent, the Belgium superstar put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal, which will see him earn £400 000 (R7.2 million) per week.
As a consequence he overtook Gareth Bale as the highest-paid Real star, with the Welshman believed to be pocketing weekly wages of £350 000 (R6.3 million) in basic salary, excluding add-ons.
Hazard’s weekly package calculates to €23.3 million (R375 million) per year, which sees him sit in sixth position among the top earning players right now.
At the top of football’s rich list remains Lionel Messi, who is understood to pocket €46 million (R740 million) annually at FC Barcelona, while Neymar follows in second place with Paris Saint-Germain said to pay him €36 million (R579 million) per year.
Cristiano Ronaldo completes the top three after agreeing to an annual salary of €30 million (R483 million) when he joined Juventus a year ago.
You can view the complete top 10, which also includes Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez, Andres Iniesta and two Brazilian stars in China, in the gallery above.
Note: All figures in this article are based on information from Marca and beIN SPORTS correspondent Tancredi Palmeri, and are salaries after deductions but excluding personal sponsorship deals.
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