Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is the second-highest earner in Serie A

Matthijs de Ligt is raking in the cash at Juventus

Matthijs de Ligt's Juventus career is yet to get going.

The Dutch defender was the Bianconeri's marquee signing of the summer, as they beat Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to the 20-year-old's coveted signature.

But De Ligt has found adjusting to life out in Italy tough and was he ruthlessly exposed to Napoli's brilliant attack in Juve's 4-3 win prior to the international break.

He was arguably at fault for all three of Napoli's goals, but filling in for Giorgio Chiellini - who will be out injured for around six months - was never going to be easy.

And given De Ligt's performances for Ajax and Holland in 2018/19, it seems almost inevitable that he will be worth that £67m transfer fee.

Juve will certainly be hoping that he lives up to expectations, because the Serie A champions are investing a lot of money into the Dutchman aside from that one-off transfer fee.

As revealed by Gazzetta dello Sport, per Football Italia, De Ligt is already the second-highest earner in the Italian top-flight, with a basic salary of €8m-per-year.

Cristiano Ronaldo's €31m-per-year wage dwarfs his teammates, but it's still surprising that the youngster is already raking in such a huge wad of bills every month.

Serie A's 20 highest earners (basic salary + bonuses)

Ronaldo's salary dwarfs the rest

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, €31m)

2. Matthijs De Ligt (Juventus, €8m + €4m)

3. Romelu Lukaku (Inter, €7.5 + €1.5m)

4. Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus, €7.5m)

5. Paulo Dybala (Juventus, €7.3m)

6. Adrien Rabiot (Juventus, €7m + €2m)

7. Aaron Ramsey (Juventus, €7m)

8. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus, €6.5m)

9. Douglas Costa [Juventus, €6m)

10. Mario Mandzukic (Juventus, €6m)

11. Sami Khedira (Juventus, €6m)

12. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan, €6m)

13. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, €6m)

14. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, €5.5m)

15. Edin Dzeko (Roma, €5m + €1m)

16. Diego Godin (Inter, €5 + €1m)

17. Alex Sandro (Juventus, €5m)

18. Emre Can (Juventus, €5m)

19. Alexis Sanchez (Inter, €5m)

20. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli, € 4.6m)

Insigne is the 20th-highest earner in Serie A

De Ligt is already earning way more than fellow Juve defenders Bonucci and Sandro, while Chiellini doesn't even make the top 20.

The fact the Dutchman makes €2m-per-year more than the league's best defender, Koulibaly, is a bit of a joke.

Juve need their new signing to start backing up his salary out on the pitch.

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