Luka Modric was paid less than £4 million during his first season with Real Madrid, it has been claimed by leaked documents.
The Croatian joined the Spanish giants from Tottenham in a deal worth around £30 million back in 2012, and has since made 159 appearances for the club.
Website Football Leaks have now published the details of his transfer, and the paper work shows that he earned £3.7million in his first season with the club, a figure which rose to £4.4million during the 2013-14 campaign.
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Comparatively, Cristiano Ronaldo is said to earn £15 million-per-year after tax, while James Rodriguez, who arrived at the Bernabeu in 2014, takes home £6 million - despite the fact he's played fewer games this term than Modric. The figure paid to Modric is also roughly a fifth of what Gareth Bale took him in his pay packet.
The 30-year-old is surely taking home much more now having renegotiated a new contract extension with Madrid in 2014, which will keep him at the club until 2018.
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Madrid do appear to hold a high opinion of the former Tottenham man however, the paperwork released by Football Leaks shows that the release clause placed into his contract following his switch from White Hart Lane at £387 million (€500m).
Football Leaks has caused a real stir amongst those involved in the industry, having published details of deals involving David de Gea, Anthony Martial as well as Bale.
The Welshman's agent, Jonathan Barnett, issued an angry response to the "outrageous" leaked documentation, and demanded an inquiry over how the information was made public.
“There should be an inquiry and an independent investigation," he told the Telegraph in January after the leak. "I think it’s disgraceful that people can get hold of this sort of stuff. It shows complete disregard for both clubs and the player.”
Real Madrid will be focussed on ensuring their progression into the quarter finals of the Champions League, rather than any off-the-pitch matter, this week as they gear up to take on Roma at the Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane's side hold a 2-0 advantage from the first leg in Rome and are heavy favourites to go through.
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