Lionel Messi is the best-paid player on the planet as he rakes in an astonishing £7.3million a month about N3.2billion before tax nearly twice the amount that arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo gets at Juventus.
In L’Equipe’s annual salary report, the French news outlet revealed who the 10 best-paid footballers in Europe are going by monthly wage before tax.
Of these 10, five play in Spain, a pair play in France and England respectively while just the one player features in Italy.
It’s no secret that modern-day players are paid huge sums of money but the amount Messi receives on a monthly basis is extraordinary – even by footballers’ standards.
The Barcelona talisman signed a new contract in November 2017 which propelled him to the top of the list, beating long-term rival Ronaldo in second who earns a staggering £4.1m (€4.7m) a month before tax.
Surprisingly, coming in third is Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid who earns £2.9m (€3.3m) a month following his well-publicised contract renewal before the World Cup this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar follows Griezmann with reported monthly earnings of £2.7m (€3.06m) while Luis Suarez completes the top five with a monthly wage of £2.5m (€2.9m). Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale (£2.2m), Philippe Coutinho (£2m), Alexis Sanchez (£2m), Kylian Mbappe (£1.5m) and Mesut Ozil (£1.4m) complete the list.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski failed to break into the top 10 list with a reported monthly earning of £1.2m (€1.33m) in the Bundesliga.
L’Equipe also released the top earners in Ligue 1, and unsurprisingly, the top five was dominated by PSG players.
With Neymar and Mbappe leading the way, Edinson Cavani (£1.3m), Thiago Silva (£1m) and Angel Di Maria (£1m) complete the list.
The French newspaper also reported that Mbappe’s monthly wage increase by £160,000 (€180,000) between his first and second season at the Parisan club following his big-money switch from Monaco
TOP 10 BEST-PAID FOOTBALLERS – WHAT THEY GET EVERY MONTH
- Lionel Messi – £7.3million
- Cristiano Ronaldo – £4.1million
- Antoine Griezmann – £2.9million
- Neymar – £2.7million
- Luis Suarez – £2.5million
- Gareth Bale – £2.2million
- Philippe Coutinho – £2million
- Alexis Sanchez – £2million
- Kylian Mbappe – £1.5million
- Mesut Ozil – £1.4million