Football is now a very lucrative business both for the players who are the actors and the clubs. It is nothing new for the crème de la crème of players in the world to be put on huge pay packs. Players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar command huge wages.
Lionel Messi is the best-paid player in the world. The former Barcelona star, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain after the Spanish club couldn't renew his deal, earns $1.325m per week. Even though he had to take a pay cut to complete his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, he is still the highest-paid player by a mile. He is followed by teammate, Neymar. The Brazilian superstar signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 and this is expected to add $836,000 to his coffers every week.
Third on the list is Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan left Barcelona for Atletico Madrid at the beginning of last season and for this reason, he has been placed on a contract that is worth $793k per week. Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is fourth with a pay package of $690k per week.
Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain is the fifth highest-paid player in the world. The French star is paid $566,000 weekly. With the French star's contract running down, he is expected to climb up this list soon either if he stays at Paris Saint-Germain or moves to another club. Manchester United star and five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo is sixth on the list. The Portuguese superstar had to take a pay cut to complete his dream return to Manchester United. He is paid $531k per week. The Portuguese attacker has been repaying his employers, having scored four goals in his first three games for them.
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City, who recently signed a new deal with Manchester City, and Manchester United's goalkeeper David De Gea, who is the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world, are seventh and eighth respectively. They earn $531k and $517k respectively.
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