Top 20: Best paid players in the world after tax (1)

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Footballers are among the best remunerated employees in sport - and almost every month another definitive list comes out that claims to rank the best paid in the world.

We've got another one here, courtesy of World Soccer Magazine. Only this one has a slight twist.

It's not the best paid in the traditional sense you may be familiar with. Newspaper and websites often quote players' wages as £90,000-a-week or £35,000-a-week - but these are before tax numbers.

This list takes into account the different tax rates of the world's countries.

So, someone playing in Russia (income tax rate of 13 per cent) will take home a larger percentage of their earnings than someone earning the same wage playing in England (income tax rate of 45 per cent for high earners).

It sounds a little complicated but it's not really.

It's basically a top 20 list of the highest earners in football after tax. There is a few surprising omissions and a couple of surprises towards the top too so keep your eye out.

Check it out by clicking through the slideshow...

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