Highest Paid Footballer In The World
The highest paid footballer on the planet is an Argentinian forward… but it’s not Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi!
According to documents leaked by whistleblowers ‘Football Leaks’, Ezequiel Lavezzi – Messi’s international team-mate – is paid nearly twice as much per week as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Early this year, Lavezzi joined Chinese club Hebei China Fortune from Paris Saint-Germain in an eye-watering deal, reported to be worth £400,000 a week.
However, his newly leaked contract reveals that he is paid even more handsomely than previously thought. The alleged figure would make him the best-paid footballer in the world, with a weekly salary of £493,000.
By contrast, Messi is still yet to sign a new contract and he is believed to earn around £270,000-a -week – some £223,000 less than 31-year-old Lavezzi.
Messi’s rival, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, signed a new five-year deal last month, at a reported £365,000 per week, while his team-mate Gareth Bale has also committed his future to the La Liga leaders and his weekly wage is said to be more than £350,000 after tax.