Van Dijk, Ramos, Alaba, Rudiger: Who is the highest-paid centre-back in the world?

Antonio Rudiger is now among the world's 12 highest-paid centre-backs after agreeing a deal with Real Madrid

Antonio Rudiger’s five-year stay at Chelsea will come to an end this summer.

Rudiger’s contract with the club runs out in a few months and was believed to be open to extending his stay, but the two parties could not come to an agreement.

The German is one of the best centre-backs in the world and would no doubt have attracted interest from all across Europe.

And it’s Real Madrid that appear to have won the race for his signature,

According to Sky Sports, Rudiger has agreed a mammoth deal with the Spanish giants.

They report that he officially join Real on July 1 on a four-year deal understood to be worth £342,000-per-week.

That’s a huge deal. But how does it compare to the highest-paid centre-backs in the world?

Antonio Rudiger is now among the world's 12 highest-paid centre-backs after agreeing a deal with Real Madrid
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 06: Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Chelsea FC and Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Using data provided by Spotrac and SalarySport, we’ve listed the world’s 12 best-paid centre-backs after Rudiger’s deal.

Kalidou Koulibaly – £183,000-per-week (per Salary Sport)

Harry Maguire – £189,904-per-week (per Spotrac)

Lucas Hernandez – £197,000-per-week (per Salary Sport)

Leonardo Bonucci – £198,000-per-week (per Salary Sport)

Matthijs de Ligt – £200,000-per-week (per Salary Sport)

Antonio Rudiger has joined Matthijs de Ligt in list of the world's 12 highest-paid centre-backs
VILLARREAL, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 22: Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg One match between Villarreal CF and Juventus at Estadio de la Ceramica on February 22, 2022 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Virgil van Dijk – £220,000-per-week (per Spotrac)

Sergio Ramos – £223,000-per-week (per Salary Sport)

Marquinhos – £236,000-per-week (per Salary Sport)

John Stones – £250,000-per-week (per Spotrac)

Raphael Varane – £340,000-per-week (per Spotrac)

Antonio Rudiger – £342,000-per-week (per Sky Sports)

David Alaba – £359,000-per-week (per Salary Sport)

Antonio Rudiger has joined David Alaba in list of the world's 12 highest-paid centre-backs
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 12: David Alaba of Real Madrid CF celebrates at the end of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Rudiger will become the second highest-paid centre-back in the world when he joins Real Madrid.

His salary will be marginally higher than Varane’s. The only centre-back who will be earning more than Rudiger is his soon-to-be teammate, Alaba.

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Van Dijk, who many consider to be the best centre-back in today’s game, is the seventh highest-paid player in his position.

Among the names that are paid more than him are Stones, Marquinhos and Ramos.

Maguire just misses out in the top 10, as does Napoli star, Koulibaly.

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