Top ten highest paid footballers after Messi’s contract renewal

Lionel Messi’s contract extension with Barcelona has made him the highest paid footballer on the planet, but do you know who else makes the top ten?

To give an example on how much footballer’s salaries have changed over recent years, in 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo raked in €13.5m a year and Lionel Messi earned a cool €10m per annum.

Today, seven years later, The Real Madrid star has almost tripled his yearly salary while Barcelona’s talisman has seen his increase fourfold.

Check out the best of the rest below:

10. Graziano Pelle, €15m a year (Shandong Luneng)

9. Paul Pogba, €17m a year (Manchester United)

8. Hulk, €20m a year (Shanghai SIPG)

7. Ezequiel Lavezzi, €22m a year (Hebei China Fortune)

6. Gareth Bale, €23m a year (Real Madrid)

5. Oscar, €24m a year (Shanghai SIPG)

4. Cristiano Ronaldo, €34m a year (Real Madrid)

3. Neymar, €36m a year (PSG)

2. Carlos Tevez, €38m a year (Shanghai Shenhua)

1. Lionel Messi, €43m a year (Barcelona)

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