Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly became the third highest-paid player in world football with his move to Juventus, but how does his whopping €30 million annual salary compare to the rest of the top earners in Serie A?
The Portugal captain’s €30 million annual salary in Italy is only beaten by Lionel Messi, who is understood to earn €46 million a year, and Neymar, with €36 million.
However, in Serie A, no one pockets as much as Ronaldo does, and the gap to second-placed Gonzalo Higuain is quite astonishing. The new AC Milan striker reportedly receives €8.5 million annually, according to beIN SPORTS correspondent Tancredi Palmeri.
Higuain and Ronaldo are followed by Paul Dybala, who is understood to take home €7 million per annum.
Juventus winger Douglas Costa and Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma complete the top five with their yearly salaries of €6 million.
Leonardo Bonucci reportedly took a pay cut in order to return to Juventus after just one season with Milan, and he now earns €5.5 million annually, according to Palmeri.
Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi and Juventus duo Blaise Matuidi and Emre Can follow with €5 million per season, while AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko, Juve’s Miralem Pjanic, and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens all pocket €4.5 million a year.
Top Ten Serie A Wages 2018
- Cristiano Ronaldo- €30 million
- Gonzalo Higuain – €8.5 million
- Paul Dybala- €7 million
- Douglas Costa – €6 million
- Gianluigi Donnarumma – €6 million.
- Leonardo Bonucci – €5.5 million a
- Mauro Icardi – €5 million
- Blaise Matuidi – €5 million
- Emre Can – €5 million
- Miralem Pjanic – €4.5 million
- Lorenzo Insigne – €4.5 million
- Dries Mertens – €4.5 million