This ”Top 10 Highest Earning Footballers In The World Today” list is weekly wages based. A few years ago, this same list would mainly include Premier League players; however, no one from the premier league players made it to the list; and at the top, despite Neymar’s eye-watering move to PSG, we have the Chinese Super League.
10. Axel Witsel –Tianjin Quanjian (£312,500)
Being linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, Witsel chose a £312,500-a-week deal instead. On 3 January 2017, Zenit officially announced that Witsel has moved to a newly promoted club from the Chinese second tier; Tianjin Quanjian.
9. Gervinho –Hebei China Fortune (£312,500)
A surprising inclusion to the list; In January 2016, Gervinho moved to newly promoted Chinese Super League team Hebei China Fortune for a reported initial fee of €18 million. The Ivory Coast forward is now on the same salary as Tianjin Quanjian midfielder Axel Witsel.
8. Hulk –Shanghai SIPG (£317,000)
The CSL move means big money move. Hulk is another big-name star to have moved to China, following the likes of Jackson Martinez, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Paulinho, and Ramires. The 30-year-old joined former Sunderland forward, Asamoah Gyan, and Dario Conca at Shanghai SIPG.
7. Gareth Bale –Real Madrid (£350,000)
6. Cristiano Ronaldo –Real Madrid (£365,000)
The battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for supremacy of world football has been going back and forth for the best part of a decade; and seems like Messi is winning on this one.
5. Oscar –Shanghai SIPG (£432,600)
The former Chelsea midfielder completed a £52million transfer to Shanghai SIPG in January; the deal was as lucrative as it was astonishing. Oscar is now 5th highest-paid player in the world on approximately £432,600 a week: that’s £20.8m per year; £57,143 per day; £2,381 per hour; £39 per minute.