Football money league has experienced massive changes this year. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated the top earner’s list for several years now but the tables have turned. Now we have a new king. The figures below include gross wages the stars will earn by the end of 2017/18 season. The report released by France Football also factors in bonuses and sponsorship deals. Take a look at the latest five best paid footballers in the World today;
5. Gerard Pique- £25 Million
Barcelona defender Gerrard Pique is the biggest surprise in the money league this year. The Spaniard will take home the fifth biggest cash cheque in Europe. He beats the likes of Paul Pogba, Luis Suarez, and Alexis Sanchez. The former Manchester United center-back will pocket £25 Million by the end of 2017-18 season.
4. Gareth Bale- £39 Million
Wales International has been hot and cold this season. Zidane has not started him as many games as he would’ve liked at Real Madrid both domestically and in UEFA Champions League. There are reports that he might join Manchester United this coming summer. However, playing or not, the former Tottenham Hotspurs winger will still take home £39 million in wages, bonuses and sponsorship deals.
3. Neymar- £71 Million
PSG star Neymar is out injured at the moment but he will still pocket £71 million at the end of the season. The Ligue 1 side paid £198 million to sign him from Barcelona last summer. The Brazilian failed to help the Paris side go past the last 16 stage in UEFA Champions League. There is no doubt that next season will be massive for him. The Qataris want to see the fruits of their big investments.