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Bang For Your Book: Are The World’s Top Earners Worth It?

September 07, 2015

- Grant Whittington

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The typical footballer’s wage is a source of great controversy in modern times, as even lower league players earn a salary that is seemingly disproportionate to their achievements. While Championship players in the UK may be capable of commanding a significant wage, however, it is in the Premier League, the Spanish La Liga and the German Bundesliga where salaries are at their most outlandish. With richer clubs also emerging in Russia and the Middle East, players can negotiate even higher wages as they look to progress.

The 3 Highest Earning Players in the World

To understand this further, let’s take a look at three of the world’s highest earning footballers and delve deeper into their salaries: –

1.       Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)

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While there may have been reports that Cristiano Ronaldo has become increasingly frustrated at Real Madrid, he is still their star performer and one of the highest earning footballers in the world. His buy-out clause of £1 billion confirms his status as the world’s most valuable player, as does his estimated weekly wage of 300,000 Euros a week. Altogether, Ronaldo earned 30 million Euros in 2013, adding to his bounty with lucrative sponsorship deals agreed with Nike and the Pro Evolution Soccer game. Now that David Beckham has retired, Ronaldo is established as the most well-paid and highest earning player.

2.       Wayne Rooney (Manchester United and England)

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Whenever you see the latest Pepsi advert or FIFA football game launch, Wayne Rooney almost always takes his place alongside greats such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimović. This is a source of irritation to some, who argue that Rooney has failed to fulfil his immense potential and replicate the achievements of his esteemed colleagues. He has enjoyed a stellar career, however, while his agent has also used the players’ iconic status to negotiate two of the biggest playing contracts in recent years. As a result, Rooney now earns a staggering £300,000 a week and is recognised as the highest paid player in Europe (on the basis of salary alone).

3.       Yaya Toure (Manchester City and the Ivory Coast)

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Arguably the most surreal football story broke in the summer of 2014, after Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure was reported to be unhappy that his employer’s had failed to send him a birthday cake to celebrate his big day. Considering that the club captain had recently signed a contract extension worth a staggering £220,000 a week, this seemed like little more than an attempt to engineer a move away and seemed to upset the City hierarchy greatly. While Toure has been an immense performer for City over the years, his recent performances suggest that he may struggle to attain such a wage in the future.

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