Gareth Bale becomes the third highest-paid footballer in the world

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Gareth Bale has just signed a new six-year contract at Real Madrid worth an incredible £346,000-per-week.

It means the Welshman will pocket an eye-watering £108 million for the remainder of the deal, becoming the third highest-paid player in world football.

Who are the two players that earn more than Bale, some of the may be asking.

Well, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to discover both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo earn more than the former Tottenham star.

But who makes up the top-10 in world football?

Well, thanks to the Daily Mail, we’ve seen the top-10 list and how much they earn. Here it is:

1 | Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid | £365,000 per week | £19m per year*

Ronaldo is expected to win the Ballon d’Or outright from Messi but he has to make do with being level with the Barcelona star in terms of wages. Although Ronaldo would probably like to be the outright best-paid player in the world, he’ll surely be happy to settle for a cool £19 million-per-year at the Bernabeu.

1= | Lionel Messi | Barcelona | £365,000 per week | £19m per year*

Messi also earns an incredible £19 million-per-year in La Liga. Having been at the club for his entire career, it’s little surprise to see Barcelona wanting to reward his loyalty with some massive wages. Oh, and he's pretty incredible.

3 | Gareth Bale | Real Madrid | £346,000 per week | £18m per year*

As we’ve mentioned, Bale has just signed a massive £346,000-per-week deal at the European champions. He will be 33 when the deal expires so Madrid could be the last high-profile club he plays for.

4 | Hulk | Shanghai SIPG | £317,000 per week | £16.5m per year

No, really. The 30-year-old Brazilian picks up £317,000-per-week in China. He signed for Shanghai SIPG this summer and has scored four league goals in seven matches.

5 | Paul Pogba | Manchester United | £290,000 per week | £15m per year

Manchester United fans, look away now. The world’s most expensive football is the fifth highest-paid player in the world. The Frenchman better start performing on the pitch.

6 | Neymar | Barcelona | £289,000 per week | £15m per year*

Neymar is widely tipped to take over Messi’s mantle as Barcelona’s star man and the club are making sure he wants to remain at Camp Nou with a £289,000-per-week deal.

7 | Graziano Pelle | Shandong Luneng | £260,000 per week | £13.5m per year

Another ageing striker earning an incredible amount in China. The 31-year-old gets £13.5 million-per-year for Shandong Luneng after joining them this summer from Southampton. Insane.

8 | Wayne Rooney | Manchester United | £260,000 per week | £13.5m per year

The Manchester United captain is struggling to play regularly at Old Trafford but he’s still picking up £260,000-per-week. Whether he has a long-term future at the club remains to be seen.

9 | Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Manchester United | £250,000 per week | £13m per year

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35, but United are paying him big money. It looked to be money well spent at the start of his United career but a run of six matches without scoring has led to calls for him to be dropped.

10 | Sergio Aguero | Manchester City | £240,000 per week | £12.5m per year

Sergio Aguero reminded everyone that he’s still a world-class striker with his masterclass against West Brom this weekend.

149 goals in 221 appearances for Manchester City prove that he’s massively important for City.

10= | Yaya Toure | Manchester City | £240,000 per week | £12.5m per year

A player that maybe isn’t quite as important to Manchester City is Yaya Toure. Guardiola hasn’t called upon the Ivorian this season but he’s still getting paid the same as Aguero. Time to get him off the wage bill?

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