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Surprise as list of top 20 highest paid footballers revealed

Odiase Osayande

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French publication France Football have released their annual look at the highest-paid footballers in the world.

It is of little surprise that Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona great Lionel Messi at the top three.

In fact, such is their dominance in the financial field that third-placed Neymar earns more than twice fourth-placed Antoine Griezmann earns at Atletico Madrid.

list of top 20 highest paid footballers

The highest-paid Premier League player, Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez earns in a month that Messi earns in a week.

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There are five Premier League players of the 20 on the list, with United and Manchester City boasting two and Arsenal with one.

France Football calculate the figures based on wages, bonuses and commercial income, and there are a few surprises in the top 20.

20 Sergio Ramos
Club : Real Madrid .
Total income : €23 million (£19.7m/$25.8m).

19 Paul Pogba
Club : Manchester United .
Total income : €23.3 million (£20m/$26.1m).

18 Hulk
Club : Shanghai SIPG.
Total income : €23.4 million (£20.1m/$26.2m).

17 Kevin De Bruyne
Club : Manchester City .
Total income : €23.5 million (£20.2m/$26.3m).

16 Sergio Aguero
Club : Manchester City .
Total income : €24.3 million (£20.8m/$27.2m).

15 Oscar
Club : Shanghai SIPG.
Total income : €24.3 million (£20.8m/$27.2m).

14 Kylian Mbappe
Club : Paris Saint-Germain .
Total income : €25 million (£21.4m/$28m).

13 Mesut Ozil
Club : Arsenal.
Total income : €25.8 million (£22.1/$28.9m).

12 Toni Kroos
Club : Real Madrid .
Total income : €26.3 million (£22.6m/$29.5m).

11 Gerard Pique
Club : Barcelona .
Total income : €27 million (£23.2m/$30.3m).

10 Luis Suarez
Club : Barcelona .
Total income : €28 million (£24m/$31.4m).

9 Ezequiel Lavezzi
Club : Hebei China Fortune.
Total income : €28.3 million (£24.3m/$31.7m).

8 Philippe Coutinho
Club : Barcelona .
Total income : €30 million (£25.7m/$33.6m).

7 Alexis Sanchez
Club : Manchester United .
Total income : €30.7 million (£26.3m/$34.4m).

6 Andres Iniesta
Club : Vissel Kobe.
Total income : €33 million (£28.3m/$37m).

5 Gareth Bale
Club : Real Madrid .
Total income : €40.2 million (£34.5m/$45m).

4 Antoine Griezmann
Club : Atletico Madrid .
Total income : €44 million (£38m/$49m).

3 Neymar
Club : Paris Saint-Germain .
Total income : €91.5 million (£79m/$102m).

2 Cristiano Ronaldo
Club : Juventus .
Total income : €113 million (£97m/$126m).

1 Lionel Messi
Club : Barcelona .
Total income : €130 million (£112m/£145m).

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