OREANDA-NEWS. According to the estimates of the French newspaper L’Equipe, forward of Barcelona football club Lionel Messi is the highest paid footballer in the world. Under a contract with a Catalan club, the salary of an Argentinean is 8.3 million euros per month before taxation.

The second place was gained by Cristiano Ronaldo playing in Juventus. Italian club pays him 4.5 million euros per month. Neymar, the forward of Paris Saint-Germain, became the third place with a salary of 3 million euros. The top five also include Barcelona footballers Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann, each of which receives a little less than 3 million euros.

The highest paid player in England is Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea (1.76 million euros per month), in Germany – Bayern players Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho (1.66 million euros per month each).