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Report: 10 Highest Paid Female Footballers

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest paid footballer outside China, but how much do the top earning female players pocket?

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery to see who the highest paid ladies in football are.

The Portuguese superstar reportedly earns $22 million (R297 million) a year (excluding bonus payments and sponsorship deals), which is about 44 times as much as the highest earning female player.

According to a report published by Spanish publication AS, five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta is the highest earner in women's football.

The Brazilian, who plays for Rosengard in Sweden, reportedly earned $500 000 (R6.7 million) in 2016.

Marta is followed by United States international Alex Morgan, who apparently pockets $450 000 (R6.1 million) a year, and her national team colleague Abby Wambach, who was claimed to earn $300 000 (R4 million) annually before she retired.

These three are the only three women who took home more than $100 000 playing professional football in 2016, while United States' Sidney Leroux follows with $92 500 (R1.25 million).

Germany's Nicole Banecki sits on an annual salary of $90 000 (R1.2 million), while France's Amandine Henry is believed to earn $70 000 (R945 000).

Sweden's Nilla Fischer ($67 500 – R912 000), United States' Hope Solo ($65 000 – R880 000), Canada's Jonelle Filigno and France's Laure Boulleau (both $60 000 – R810 000) complete the top 10.

Read: The Highest Paid Players In Football Currently

Note: All figures listed are 2016 earnings as reported by AS, who did not specify whether or not they were before or after tax. It was also not explained whether or not bonus payments and sponsorship deals were included.

Do you think the big salary difference between male and female footballers is fair? Have your say in the comments section below.

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