Reports from Spain earlier this week suggested that five-time Ballon d’or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo wants pay parity with Lionel Messi.
According to figures released by Marca, Ronaldo will need a serious pay hike to join Messi – and would probably need to leave Spain to get it.
Ronaldo comes in at just six in the world’s top 10 best-paid players, despite having won the Ballon d’Or in each of the last two seasons.
Here’s the full list of annual salaries of ten most paid footballers in the world
10. Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) £15m
9. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) £15.4m
8. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) £15.9m
7. Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) £17.6m
6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £18.5m
5. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune) £20.3m
4. Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) £21.1m
3. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) £31.7m
2. Carlos Tevez (Shanghai Shenhua) £33.5m*
*Prior to Tevez’s transfer back to Boca Juniors
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £40.5m.
Now you can see why CR7 is seemingly unhappy at the Bernabeu right now!