Here’s an interesting list of the top 10 salaried players in football today. It only takes into consideration actual club paycheck, so players like David Beckham, who get massive amounts of promotional income, not to mention a percentage of gate receipts, are not included.
Also, to try and even the field, all sums are net after tax.
Based on this list, you can certainly say that Messi is underpaid, hehehe.
The only real surprise is Dario Conca. The Argentine midifielder led Fluminense to the Brazilian title in 2010, and was Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Then he jumped to Chinese Club Guangzhou for a ridiculous amount. No question he’s a good player. BUT: He’s not even good enough to make the Argentina squad! You really can’t blame him for taking the money.
Now we can speculate why Cristiano Ronaldo is so sad, because he’s at the bottom of the list.
So how does the Bundesliga do? Well, the top earners are Philipp Lahm and Bastian Scweinsteiger of Bayern. Both are estimated to make 9-10 million euros, but that’s *before* tax. So you can see why the German clubs are quite a way behind some of their richer cousins.
Top paid footballers (millions of euros after tax) 1. Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi Makhachkala) 20.0 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovich (Paris SG) 14.5 3. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 13.8 4. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 13.0 5. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 12.5 6. Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenua) 12.1 7. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) 10.8 8. Dario Conca (Guangzhou Evergrande) 10.6 9. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 10.5 10. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 10.0 10. Kaka (Real Madrid) 10.0