Football is one of the most watched sports around the globe. The beautiful game boasts a gigantic number in terms of viewership which results in a mammoth influx of money in the sport. The giant sums are responsible for making the clubs richer who, in turn, are able to afford the jaw-dropping wages they pay their players.
Following the transfers in January, Spanish tabloid Marca (via the Daily Mail) has released an updated list of the highest paid footballers in the world.
Without further ado, let’s have a look at which players have made it to the top ten list:
10. Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng)
Chinese outfit Shandong Luneng paid a fee of £12 million to bring Italian marksman Graziano Pelle to the Super League from Southampton in 2016. His £300,000-per-week wages placed him fifth on the list of highest earners in soccer back then.
According to Marca, the Italian currently earns £15 million every year.
The mammoth salary was more of a fortune than an improvement, considering his £80,000 per week wages at Southampton.
Pelle joined the likes of Hulk, Nicolas Anelka and Oscar at China, proving how the Asian country had ousted the likes of Russia and the Middle East as the premium destination for players in search of big paychecks.
9. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Manchester United emptied a considerable number of coffers in the summer of 2016 when they forked out £89 million to bring Paul Pogba back to England from Juventus. The gigantic sum made the Frenchman the most expensive footballer back then.
Paul Pogba bags the highest salary at the moment of £15.4 million per year in the Premier League as per Marca’s figures.
His first season after returning didn’t pan out as good as he might have expected, after receiving stick for his below-par performances. However, the 24-year-old has silenced his critics this season with awesome performances for United this season.
The importance of his presence cannot be undermined, considering how the Red Devils underperformed in his absence.
Since his return, Manchester United seem to be back to their former best and are gunning for glory once more.
8. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
French sensation Kylian Mbappe is a newbie who made this list following his loan move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain last summer. He currently earns £15.9 million per year, under his new contract with Les Parisiens.
Mbappe grabbed the Golden Boy award in 2017, beating countryman Ousmane Dembele and Marcus Rashford to the title. At the Parc Des Princes, he has successfully replicated his form with 15 goals and 11 assists in 27 games to date.
The prodigal Frenchman man is an indispensable part of a devastating trio alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani.
With him churning out dazzling performances week in week out for the club, PSG certainly won’t hesitate in triggering his £166 million buy-out clause next summer.