Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is the best paid football player in the world, with the 31-year-old earning a mind-boggling £7.3 million-a-month before tax, which is nearly double than what his rival Cristiano Ronaldo earns at Juventus.
French publication L’Equipe recently published the annual salary report of the 10 best paid footballers without tax and it clearly shows which league pays their players the most salaries. According to the report, five of the top 10 play in Spain, with two each coming from France and England, while Italy have only one representative on the list.
Messi who is considered to be the greatest player in the history of the sport, signed a new contract with the Catalan’s in 2017, which is the primary reason that he has moved above Ronaldo.
The Highest Paid Player in Each of Europe’s Top 5 Leagues (monthly, pre-tax salary):
La Liga: Lionel Messi – €8.3m
Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo – €4.7m
Ligue 1: Neymar – €3.06m
PL: Alexis Sanchez – €2.2m
Bundesliga: R.Lewandowski – €1.3m
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The 34-year-old who moved to Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, comes in second with earnings of £4.1m-a-month before tax, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann coming in third with monthly earnings of £2.9m.
The world’s most expensive player, Neymar comes in fourth, with PSG paying him £2.7m on a monthly basis, while Barcelona striker Luis Suarez rounds of the top five list with monthly earnings of £2.5m.
Gareth Bale (£2.2m), Philippe Coutinho (£2m), Alexis Sanchez (£2m), Kylian Mbappe (£1.5m) and Mesut Ozil (£1.4m) complete the list.
Top 10 Best Paid Footballers:
1) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £7.3
2) Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – £4.1m
3) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – £2.9m
4) Neymar (PSG) – £2.7m
5) Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – £2.5m
6) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – £2.2m
7) Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) – £2m
8) Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) – £2m
9) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – £1.5m
10) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £1.4m