Lionel Messi is not just the greatest player in the world, he’s also Europe’s best paid footballer by some distance, according to a new list published by French newspaper L’Equipe.
The Barcelona captain tops the list with a monthly salary of €8.3 million ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann.
Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez are also in the top 10 of highest earners.
Here’s a look at the other players earning the big bucks.
- Lionel Messi: €8.3m
- Cristiano Ronaldo: €4.7m
- Antoine Griezmann: €3.3m
- Neymar: €3.06m
- Luis Suarez: €2.9m
- Gareth Bale: €2.5m
- Philippe Coutinho: €2.3m
- Alexis Sanchez: €2.28m
- Kylian Mbappe: €1.73m
- Mesut Ozil: €1.6m
The figures relate to players’ salaries before tax and doesn’t include other earnings that players generate through merchandising and image rights.
Messi’s huge salary comes courtesy of the new deal he signed in November 2017 which keeps him at the club until 2021.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu has said this week that the club would like to renew the Barcelona captain again even though he’s got two years left to run on his current deal.