Gareth Bale is the third-best paid player in Europe and top’s LaLiga salary table on £28.8m-a-year

The world’s highest-paid footballers: Spanish paper Marca record Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale THIRD on £28.8m-a-year – above Cristiano Ronaldo and 9 different Premier League stars in the prime 30

  • Marca have revealed a listing of the highest-earning footballers in Europe
  • Neymar tops the record, with Lionel Messi second and Gareth Bale third
  • Bale has been frozen out at Real Madrid, enjoying simply 5 occasions this season
  • 10 Premier League gamers make the prime 30, with Cristiano Ronaldo fourth
  • There are 5 Manchester United gamers however none from rivals Liverpool 

Marca have added gas to the flames engulfing Gareth Bale by revealing that the Real Madrid outcast is Europe’s third-highest earner on £28.8million-a-year, which equates to £554,000-a-week.

Bale, in the last season of his six-year contract, is firmly out of favour at the Bernabeu having made simply 5 appearances this season. He spent final season on mortgage at Tottenham and appears to be like sure to go away the membership this summer time.

After labelling the Madrid paper ‘disgusting’ following his gorgeous matchwinning show for Wales in opposition to Austria final week, Bale will little doubt afford a wry smile at the timing of Marca‘s revealing of Europe’s top 30 highest-paid players.

The Welsh winger, 32, signed his contract in 2016 after a superb first three seasons in Madrid noticed him win the Champions League twice and rating 58 objectives in 123 video games. Since then, he has 48 in 133 over 5 seasons in a major drop-off.

Marca‘s record additionally shines a lightweight on the staggering salaries paid by Paris Saint-Germain, with Neymar comfortably Europe’s prime earner on an eye-watering £41.5m-a-year (£798,000-a-week). 

Gareth Bale is the third-best paid player in Europe, according to Marca figures published

Gareth Bale is the third-best paid player in Europe, based on Marca figures revealed

Lionel Messi is in second place on £33.9m (£652,000-a-week), however the Argentine famous person will earn a ‘loyalty bonus’ of £25.4m if he stays in Paris after the finish of the summer time switch window, which might make his total earnings for the year £17.8m greater than Neymar’s. 

Kylian Mbappe, whose is anticipated to hitch Real when his contract runs out this summer time, earns simply over half of what Neymar does per season, placing him in seventh place on the record.

In an illustration of PSG’s monetary dominance over Ligue 1, the prime 10 earners in France all play for the Parisian membership.

Neymar is the best-paid player in Europe

Messi is due a £25.4m 'loyalty bonus'

PSG stars Neymar (left) and Lionel Messi (proper) are the two best-paid gamers in Europe

The highest Premier League earner on the record is Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Manchester United ahead in fourth place on £26.8m-a-year (£515,000-a-week). Kevin De Bruyne (£21m) and David De Gea (£19.8m) additionally make the prime 10, whereas there are 10 Premier League gamers total in the prime 30. 

That 5 of these play for United highlights how a lot the sixth-placed Red Devils have underachieved this season.

In distinction, Liverpool haven’t any gamers in the prime 30 earners in Europe, regardless of sitting 19 factors away from their nice rivals, whereas champions and Premier League leaders Manchester City have simply three. 


1) Neymar – £41.5m

2) Messi – £33.9m

3) Bale – £28.8m

4) Ronaldo – £26.8m

5=) Griezmann – £25.4m

Hazard – £25.4m

7) Mbappe – £22.4m

8) De Bruyne – £21m

9) Benzema – £20.3m

10) De Gea – £19.8m 

11=) Lewandowski – £19.5m

Busquets – £19.5m

13) Kroos – £18.6m

14) Sancho – £18.4m

15) Varane – £17.9m

16) Lukaku – £17.2m

17=) Neuer – £16.9m

Sane – £16.9m

Muller – £16.9m

Kimmich – £16.9m

Alba – £16.9m

Oblak – £16.9m

Alaba – £16.9m

Modric – £16.9m

25=) Grealish – £15.8m

Sterling – £15.8m

27=) Kante – £15.2m

Pogba – £15.2m

L Hernandez – £15.2m

Goretzka – £15.2m

Marca notice that whereas the Premier League doesn’t dominate the prime finish of the highest-earners record, the league’s energy is in its depth, with golf equipment at the backside paying gamers as a lot as top-half golf equipment in different international locations do.

Similarly to Ligue 1, Bundesliga is completely dominated by one membership, with Bayern Munich paying 9 of the 10 greatest salaries in the league. Dortmund’s Marco Reus is the just one to interrupt the mould, whereas Robert Lewandowski is the league’s highest earner on £19.5m, inserting him eleventh total in Europe. 

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) is the highest-paid player in the Premier League and fourth overall

Cristiano Ronaldo (proper) is the highest-paid player in the Premier League and fourth total

In an indication of the decline in Serie A’s affect in Europe, no gamers from the Italian prime flight make the prime 30, with Paulo Dybala, who will go away Juventus in the summer time, the league’s highest earner on £11.4m-a-year.

Barcelona’s drastic salary-cutting measures are evidenced in Marca‘s prime 30 record, with solely Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba counted amongst Europe’s highest-earners, when lately it could have been dominated by gamers from the Catalan membership. Antoine Griezmann, on mortgage at Atletico Madrid and having his wages paid by them, is Europe’s fifth-highest earner on £25.4m-a-year.

Atletico even have goalkeeper Jan Oblak on the record, whereas rivals Real have 5 gamers, together with Bale, with flop Eden Hazard taking house £25.4m-a-year in joint-fifth.


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