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Ezequiel Lavezzi is the fifth highest paid player in the world .

Ezequiel Lavezzi becomes the fifth highest paid player in the world

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Argentine international Ezequiel Lavezzi has become the fifth highest paid player in world football, according to The Sun. 

The speedy forward has reportedly completed a £23.5million move to Chinese outfit Hebei China Fortune.

Despite Lavezzi only having a few months left on his contract at French outfit Paris Saint-Germain, it appears that the extremely rich Chinese club weren't phased by the prospect of spending big money on his services.

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Lavezzi follows former Arsenal attacker Gervinho to Hebei China Fortune while the likes of Stephane Mbia and Gael Kakuta are also plying their trade at the club. 

Chinese football is quickly coming to prominence, of course, with Ramires, Alex Teixeira and Jackson Martinez having moved to the Chinese Super League. 

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But the deal to bring 30-year-old Lavezzi to the division could be the biggest one yet. The Argentine may well have struggled at PSG throughout the course of the campaign - he has only played for the full 90 minutes in the league once all season - but he's still recognised as a top name and has been rewarded financially. In fact, The Sun claim that he will earn as much as £240,000-a-week. 

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Indeed, if reports are to be believed, only four players in the world of football are now paid more than him. 

While some will claim that Lavezzi isn't worthy of being the fifth highest paid footballer on the planet, we will take a look at the four players currently ahead of him in the pecking order (wages from The Sun). 

=3 Wayne Rooney - £250,000-a-week 

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney may well be one of the most famous players in world football, but he hasn't exactly been repaying the club's hierarchy throughout the course of this season. 

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With the Red Devils currently sitting in fifth position in the Premier League, Rooney has scored just seven goals in 22 outings.  At this stage, United need a great deal more from their talisman. 

=3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic - £250,000-a-week 

Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the most enigmatic players in world football and he is also a superstar in his own right. 

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It's certainly easy to see why PSG pay him big money - he has netted 21 goals in 20 league games this season and found the back of the net for his side during Tuesday's Champions League clash against Chelsea. At 34, though, Ibrahimovic can't go on forever. 

2 Lionel Messi - £275,000-a-week

Lionel Messi is showing no signs of slowing down, so it's not exactly surprising that he picked up his fifth Ballon d'Or trophy last month. 

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The Argentine superstar may well inspire Barcelona to yet another record-breaking season under the guidance of Luis Enrique. 

1 Cristiano Ronaldo - £288,000-a-week 

Ronaldo, much like Messi, is still a goalscoring machine and probably deserves to be paid more than anyone else in world football (Messi fans may well argue with that notion, however). 

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At 31, the ex-Manchester United star is still producing the goods - he has scored 21 goals in 24 league games this season - but will be desperate to stop Messi and co. dominating Europe this year.

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Topics:
Cristiano Ronaldo
Barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid
Lionel Messi
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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