In the list of highest paid players there are exceptional cases, as Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi) or Didier Drogba (Shanghai). However, in less exotic places, are also players who receive a salary higher than Cristiano Ronaldo's, as Ibrahimovic, Rooney or Messi. These cases make that the white forward sits undervalued economically at Real Madrid so Cristiano thinks he deserves charging more.
At the top of the list, Samuel Eto'o. Eto'o left Inter and climbed the mountain of gold Suleyman Kerimov offered him to sign for the Russian Anzhi. 20 million euros a year, insuring the highest paid position player in the world, a privileged peak is not threatened at the moment, by any other player.
After Eto'o, Ibrahimovic in the second place. The Swede, who curiously exchanged team with Eto'o in the summer of 2009, has joined this season to the PSG pharaonic project. The money of Sheikh Nasser al-Khelaifi was crucial to convince Ibra to make the jump to French football. Surrounded by stars like Thiago Silva or Pastore, Zlatan is the sun around which revolves Ancelotti's team. His salary reinforces that heliocentric position in the template. The former Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona or Milan player earns 14.5 million euros for each of the seasons to play on the banks of the Seine river.
Closes the 'top 3' an old friend of Cristiano Ronaldo, his former teammate at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney. The bad boy of English football last season was angry with his club, went on to say that he wanted to go and three days later he signed a new contract with the Red Devils at the rate of 13.8 million euros per year.
And you have to move further from the first places to see Cristiano Ronaldo. Ahead of him are the Manchester City players paid by the petro-dollars, with Yaya Toure and Aguero as exponents of economic waste of Sheikh. The Ivorian takes 13 million euros a year, and the Argentinian has 12.5 in his pockets at the end of each season. They sit in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Drogba (12 million euros) and Dario Conca (10.6), sixth and seventh in the list of the highest paid, have found a haven in China. Money attracts players to a league that wants to grow. Torres also outperforms CR7. The 'Kid' got a big contract with a move to Chelsea and earns 10.8 million euros each season. And just ahead of Real Madrid player, his great rival, Leo Messi. The Barcelona player narrowly exceeds, with his 10.5 millions, the 10 millions charged by the Portuguese. Although Messi seems happy with his salary.