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Cristiano's Juventus move makes him third-highest paid player

Cristiano Ronaldo: the Portugal captain will coin €30m a year after tax at the Old Lady, with only Leo Messi and Neymar earning more from their clubs.
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has converted the Portuguese forward into the third highest-paid player in the world, behind Barcelona’s Leo Messi and PSG’s Brazilian forward Neymar.

Ronaldo is set to earn 30 million euros per year in Turin, a nine-million-euro improvement on his Real Madrid salary, which stood at 21 million.

Messi pockets 40 million euros a year at the Camp Nou while Neymar’s contract at the Parc des Princes is worth 36 million a year.

Iniesta could break top five

Andrés Iniesta's name does not yet feature in the top 10 of the world's best-paid footballers as the details of his contract with Vissel Kobe have not been disclosed but during negotiations with the former Barcelona captain a figure of 27 million euros per year was mentioned, which would place him fourth on the list behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has long sought to earn a salary in line with his status and Juventus were willing to pay him enough to move him into the top three. On his previous wage, Ronaldo was the eighth best-paid player in the world, sandwiched between two footballers plying their trade in the Chinese Super League, Hulk and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

He has now overtaken Mesul Özil, Antoine Griezmannwhose decision to stay at Atlético Madrid was rewarded with a pay rise to 23 million euros a year - Alexis Sánchez and Óscar, who picks up 23 million a year at Hebei Fortune in the CSL.

The 10 highest-paid players in world football

Player Club Salary
Leo Messi (ARG) Barcelona (ESP) €40m
Neymar (BRA) PSG (FRA) €36m
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) Juventus (ITA) €30m
Óscar (BRA) Shanghai SIPG (CHN) €24m
Alexis Sánchez (CHI) Man. United (ENG) €23m
Antoine Griezmann (FRA) Atlético (ESP) €23m
Mesut Özil (GER) Arsenal (ENG) €23m
Ezequiel Lavezzi (ARG) Hebei Fortune (CHN) €22m
Hulk (BRA) Shanghai SIPG (CHN) €20m
Kylian Mbappé (FRA) PSG (FRA) €18m
Paul Pogba (FRA) Man. United (ENG) €17m

Sources: As.com, Statista and Fox Sports.