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L'Equipe name the 10 highest-paid footballers in 2019 based on monthly earnings

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The astronomical figures involved in football have been highly documented in recent years.

With transfer fees rocketing well above £100 million after Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain and ludicrous wages littering the Chinese Super League, the money in football is bigger than ever.

It means that some of the world's top players are able to earn themselves a remarkable living and collect more in one week than many professions garner in an entire decade.

When it comes to wages alone, some of the most ridiculous examples come from China and clubs looking to pile crazy sums of money into players who had started to decline in Europe.

Ezequiel Lavezzi is hoovering up a tidy £290,000-a-week, Hulk is collecting £320,000-a-week with Shanghai SIPG and Oscar boasts an eye-watering salary of £400,000-a-week.

L'Equipe's salary list

With examples like the above, it's easy to see why people claim footballers are overpaid but the aforementioned trio don't touch the top ten when everything is considered.

Recent contract renewals at a number of top European clubs have ensured that some of the biggest names in the sport also earn themselves the most money.

Bearing that in mind, French publication L'Equipe have drawn up their annual salary report and counted down the ten highest-paid footballers as of February 2019. 

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The top ten

The final number is how much each player earns on a monthly basis before tax, resulting in a winner that bags themselves £3.2 million more than everybody else.

The list includes five players from La Liga, two who play in Ligue 1, another pair from the Premier League and just one star from Serie A. The full top ten can be seen down below:

1. Lionel Messi - £7.4 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo - £4.1 million

3. Antoine Griezmann - £2.9 million

4. Neymar - £2.7 million

5. Luis Suarez - £2.5 million

6. Gareth Bale - £2.2 million

7. Philippe Coutinho - £2 million

8. Alexis Sanchez - £2 million

9. Kylian Mbappe - £1.5 million

10. Mesut Ozil - £1.4 million

There's plenty to be unpackaged, that's for sure.

While fans might have had their suspicions that Messi has earned the most after his bumper new contract at Barcelona, it's striking that he almost collects the double the amount of Ronaldo.

And it's interesting that Griezmann has barged his way into third place ahead of the most expensive footballer in history, although his renewal at Atletico Madrid can be attributed to that. 

FC Barcelona v Valencia CF - La Liga

Manchester United and Barcelona fans might not be too happy to see Coutinho and Sanchez making the top ten but their lucrative transfers are paying them handsomely.

Then there's Mbappe who is bagging himself a remarkable amount of money at the age 20, although his performances certainly deserve parity with players like Ozil.

Only time will tell just how the order of the top ten will look next year, and how many zeroes will decorate the numbers.

Who do you think is the most valuable player in world football? Have your say in the comments section below.

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