Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest earner in the Serie A and pockets three times more than the next best-paid player in the league.
Ronaldo is, however, yet to justify that premium, having failed to score for the Serie A champions in his first three outings since moving in a £100million transfer from Real Madrid in the summer.
The 33-year-old saw his pay packet get bumped up dramatically after swapping the Spanish capital for northern Italy, largely owing to Fiat agreeing to shoulder the burden of his huge £28m-a-year wages.
Only Lionel Messi (£40.5m a year) at Barcelona and Neymar (£31.7m) at Paris Saint-Germain bag more money than Ronaldo.
According to a report in Gazzetta dello Sport, Ronaldo picks up a massive pay check of £538,000 every week.
The wages of other big-name players plying their trade in Italy are dwarfed in comparison to Ronaldo’s earnings with Gonzalo Higuain some way behind as the second-highest earner in the league.
The Argentinian striker still picks up a mammoth £8.5m per year (approximately £165,000 per week), after tax following his move to AC Milan from Juventus.
The top 11 paid players in the league are mainly dominated by Juve players with only Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma (£5.4m/year), Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne (£4.1m/year), Inter’s Mauro Icardi (£4m/year) and Roma’s Edin Dzeko (£4m/year) featuring in the list.
BIGGEST EARNERS IN THE SERIE A
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – £31m
2. Gonzalo Higuain (AC Milan) – £8.5m
3. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – £6.3m
4. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) – £5.8m
5. Douglas Costa (Juventus) – £5.4m
6. Ginaluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – £5.4m
7. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) – £5m
8. Emre Can (Juventus) – £4.5m
9. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) – £4.1m
10. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) – £4m
11. Edin Dzeko (Roma) – £4m.