Football is one of the most watched sports out there and due to its increasing viewership rates, the clubs get richer and in turn, they are able to fund their star players with a jaw-dropping load of money. For a very long time, Messi and Ronaldo have been considered as the world’s highest paid footballers. However, with the Football scene changing fast and the Chinese Super League aggressively making its place felt by attracting some of the best footballers, the list of the top 5 players sure has changed.

As Cristiano Ronaldo drops from five to number six from the world’s top five players with high wages, the spot opens up for Ezequiel Lavezzi (£20.3m-per-year) at number five. Lavezzi, being a prominent player, made a switch to the Chinese Premier League in 2016 for £23.5 million by Hebei China. Lavezzi is well known for his pace, energy, sturdy physique, as well as his creativity on the field and the quickness of his feet. 

Oscar (£21.2m) at number four, on the other hand, caused anger when he decided to join Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea for a £60 million deal in 2016. His move to the Chinese club became one of the most expensive Asian transfers of all time. Known for his logic behind picking out his teammates in difficult situations and paving way for chances in such situations, Oscar acts as the catalyst in his team’s attack and was also widely praised for his role in Chelsea’s Europa League success in 2013. 

Neymar has held the title for the most expensive player in the world last summer for a whopping £198m when he joined Paris Saint-Germain. However, he is third this year with an annual salary of £31.7m. It is natural to see him one among the top three players considering his record. He is often compared to the likes of Ronaldo and Messi. Once Ronaldo himself stated, “Neymar is a great talent, the best we have in Brazil. He is very similar to Messi.” 

At second place, we got Carlos Tevez with his £33.5m salary, but it seems that he will soon drop out of the list after his feat with Shanghai Shenhua. Tevez’s time in China was limited to just 16 appearances and 4 goals resulting in the twelve months to be considered a failure both on and off the pitch. He recently re-joined the Boca Juniors after his termination with Shanghai, as a result, this will push Neymar to the second place. 

It is pretty obvious that the top spot is reserved for none other than Lionel Messi, who just contracted a long-term deal with FC Barcelona worth £40.5m-per-season, making him the first £1m-a-week player. He also made the top 3 of the world’s highest-paid athletes. Arriving at the age of 13, Messi has helped his team, Barcelona win 30 titles, which includes four Champions League titles and eight Spanish league crowns. He is a legend in football, and a force to be reckoned with.

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