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Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin de Bruyne and David de Gea among the 10 highest-paid footballers in world

Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin de Bruyne and David de Gea rake it in with Lionel Messi among the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world… and Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard trail ex-Chelsea star Oscar

  • A new football rich list has some surprising names alongside Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar is a more unexpected name in the top ten earners
  • PSG’s Lionel Messi and Neymar feature, and so do Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard
  • Premier League regulars including Kevin de Bruyne and David de Gea join the list


Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are among the heftiest earners named on a new rich list of the ten highest-paid footballers in the world – although there are a few names coining it in who have barely even featured in the top leagues this season.

Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi earns a colossal wage of £960,000, and a former Chelsea regular who has not been seen playing outside of China since 2017 is closer to that enormous pay packet than Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Kylian Mbappe.

Ex-Brazil playmaker Oscar made more than 200 appearances for the Blues before joining Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG – now known as Shanghai Port – in the January 2017 transfer window.

Cristiano Ronaldo is on a new list suggesting the top 10 highest-paid footballers

Manchester United teammate David de Gea almost makes the cat

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and David de Gea have both made the cut on a new list of vast earners

Neymar is also among the top ten

PSG teammate Lionel Messi is the world's top-earning footballer

Paris Saint-Germain have an unenviably huge wage bill featuring Neymar (left) and Leo Messi

The £67million deal broke the Asian transfer window and made the two-time Premier League winner one of the most heavily-reimbursed players in the world.

ON THE MONEY: THE LIST’S TOP 10 PLAYERS

10. David de Gea (Manchester United): £375,000 per week

9. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona/Aston Villa): £380,000

8. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid): £381,000

7. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City): £385,000 

6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United): £385,000

5. Kylian Mbappe (PSG): £410,000

4. Gareth Bale (Madrid): £528,000

3. Oscar (Shanghai Port): £540,000

2. Neymar (PSG): £606,000

1. Lionel Messi (PSG): £960,000

Oscar’s vast earning are laid bare by his position behind only Messi and PSG teammate Neymar on the list, according to figures compiled by the Daily Star from Marca and Salary Sport.

While compatriot Neymar is said to command £606,000 per week, Oscar’s contract is thought to earn the 30-year-old £540,000 in his weekly pay packet.

The outlet estimates that he will have amassed almost £211million by the time his current deal with Shanghai ends in 2024.

Ronaldo’s reported £385,000 weekly income puts him a mere sixth on the purported list, behind Wales talisman Bale – who has hardly played for Madrid this season because of injuries – and France and PSG prodigy Mbappe.

Belgium and Manchester City maestro De Bruyne is said to be on the same wage as Ronaldo, with one-time Chelsea magician Eden Hazard not far behind.

Hazard has been left on the bench for Real Madrid’s two most recent fixtures, but has a reported recompense of £381,000 a week to console himself with.

Two familiar Premier League faces who could meet at Villa Park on Saturday make up the list.

United goalkeeper David De Gea is said to be £5,000 a week behind Philippe Coutinho, perhaps explaining why the Brazilian’s parent club, Barcelona, were keen to loan the midfielder to Aston Villa until the end of the 2021-22 season. 

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