There are reports that Carlos Tevez, who will turn 33 in February, is set to receive an offer that will make him the world’s best-paid footballer.
Yahoo Sports Brazil - via Spanish outlet Marca - claim that a Chinese Super League club is readying an offer of €40 million-per-year to tempt Tevez from Boca Juniors.
Now, 2016 has been a crazy year. Leicester City are reigning champions of the Premier League, and Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States. Tevez becoming the highest-paid player seems pale in comparison, but it’s still a massive surprise.
Over the past decade, football has separated itself from the modern world. Money really is no issue in today’s game, where teenagers who haven’t made a first-team appearance are millionaires and Graziano Pelle ranks among the top 10 highest paid players.
Hull City starlet Josh Tymon, who made his Premier League debut on Saturday, can’t consider himself quite as lucky. The 17-year-old earns a modest £150 a week.
Following the news of Tevez’s offer, GiveMeSport counts down the top 10 highest paid footballers in the world.
All figures are provided by the Telegraph.
10. Yaya Toure | Manchester City | £230,000 per week | £12m per year
Toure made his first appearance since August for City on Saturday, and Pep Guardiola will be wondering why he kept the Ivorian in the dark for so long. Two goals, including an 83rd-minute winner, was a perfect way to bounce back.
9. Robin van Persie | Fenerbahce | £240,000 per week | £12.5m per year
At the age of 33, Van Persie is still among the deadliest strikers in Europe. A brace against Galatasaray at the weekend takes his tally to 12 goals in 14 games this season.
8. Wayne Rooney | Manchester United | £260,000 per week | £13.5m per year
Rooney is being rewarded for his performances a few years back. The forward is no longer the player he once was - he's been dropped by Jose Mourinho and England boss Gareth Southgate this season - yet is still taking home a nice pay packet.
7. Neymar | Barcelona | £270,000 per week | £14m per year
It was reported earlier in the year that Neymar was earning £77,000-per-week, less than Newcastle United are paying Jonjo Shelvey.
That was until he signed a five-year contract extension in October, making him Barcelona's second-highest earner.
5=. Graziano Pelle | Shandong Luneng | £290,000 per week | £15.1m per year
The ex-Southampton striker swapped the Premier League for China, and can you blame him? He's a pretty mediocre striker earning more than Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez.
5=. Paul Pogba | Manchester United | £290,000 per week | £15.1m per year
The game's most expensive player isn't its highest earner.
There was plenty of commotion surrounding Pogba's return to United in the summer but we're still waiting to see the player that earned such rave reviews in Italy.
4. Hulk | Shanghai SIPG | £320,000 per week | £16.6m per year
Another player China was willing to throw money at. Hulk has never proven himself in a strong league, playing for Porto and Zenit Saint Petersburg before signing for Shanghai SIPG, and there are plenty of better players out there earning considerably less.
3. Lionel Messi | Barcelona | £336,000 per week | £17.5m per year
Messi is fully deserving of his incredible wages. He proves himself year after year, and any discussion about the greatest player in history includes his name.
2. Gareth Bale | Real Madrid | £350,000 per week | £18.2m per year
Bale signed a new contract last year that reflects his rising importance to Real Madrid. He's seen as the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo but that seems unfair to the Welshman - he's one of the best players in the world and is worthy of recognition alongside the Portugal star.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid | £365,000 per week | £19m per year
A hat-trick against Atletico Madrid on Saturday pretty much secured Ronaldo a fourth Ballon d'Or award. He will be 36 when his five-year contract, signed earlier this month, expires, but don't expect it to be his last - Ronaldo has repeatedly expressed a desire to continue into his 40s.
Given his determination, it wouldn't be the most surprising thing to see Ronaldo still starring at the Bernabeu in a decade's time.
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