Cristiano's Juventus move makes him third-highest paid player
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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 Griezmann – whose 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
|Alexis Sánchez||(CHI)||Man. United||(ENG)||€23m|
|Ezequiel Lavezzi||(ARG)||Hebei Fortune||(CHN)||€22m|
|Paul Pogba||(FRA)||Man. United||(ENG)||€17m|
Sources: As.com, Statista and Fox Sports.
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