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L'Equipe publishes football rich list for players and coaches

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar remain the three highest paid players in the world, according to details published by L'Equipe.

L'Equipe publishes football rich list for players and coaches
OLIVIER MORIN AFP

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi continues to be the world’s highest paid footballer ahead of Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo, according to details published by French outlet L’Equipe on Friday.

According to the French newspaper, 32-year-old Messi has a salary of €8.3 million gross per month, compared to the €4.5 million that Ronaldo (35) receives at the Turin club, where he arrived in the summer of 2018.

Both players surpass PSG star Neymar, who is the best paid player in France with a salary of just over €3 million per month, which is well ahead of his teammate, Kylian Mbappé, who makes less than €2 million.

Griezmann and Suarez complete top five

Behind Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar are two Barça players: Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and Uruguayan international Luis Suárez, both of whom earn just under €3 million per month. Following them are Real Madrid pair, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard, on €2.5 million.

The list also highlights that Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper, David de Gea, is England's highest paid player with €1.76 million a month, ahead of Arsenal’s Mesut Özil and Manchester City’s Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, both on €1.64 million.

In Germany, Bayern Munich pair Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho (who is currently on loan from Barcelona) pocket €1.66 million a month each, making them the Bundesliga’s highest earners.

Ronaldo’s Juventus team mates, Gonzalo Higuaín and Paolo Dybala, who respectively earn €1.09 and €1.06 million per month, follow behind the Portuguese star to make up top three of Serie A’s rich list.

Diego Pablo Simeone is the world's highest paid coach.

Highest-paid coaches

Atlético Madrid’s Diego Simeone has maintained his position as the highest paid coach with €3.6 million gross per month, significantly ahead of second-placed Pep Guardiola, who earns €1.94 million at Manchester City.

Following Guardiola are two of his Premier League rivals – Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool and Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho, both of whom earn €1.46 million.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane comes in fifth with €1.4 million, slightly surpassing Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte, with €1.38 million. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s new coach, Quique Setién, is further down the list on a monthly salary of 500,000 euros per month.