Cristiano Ronaldo’s Annual £26m Juventus Deal Makes Him Third Highest-Paid Player Behind Messi & Neymar Juventus’ new signing, Cristiano Ronaldo, is now the third best-paid footballer in the world, following his stunning £100 million move from Real Madrid. Ronaldo has agreed to a £500,000-a-week contract with the Serie A champions.

The Portugal captain moves above Alexis Sanchez, who earns £23.4m a year following his move to Manchester United back in January.

He is, however, behind rival Lionel Messi (£40.5m a year) at Barcelona and Neymar (£31.7m) at Paris Saint-Germain.

Some players currently plying their trade in the lucrative Chinese Super League also make the top-ten list.

TOP 10 ANNUAL SALARIES

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £40.5m

2. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) £31.7m

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) £26.6m

4. Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) £23.4m

5. Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) £21.1m

6. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei Fortune) £20.3m

7. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) £18.2m

8. Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) £17.6m

9. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) £15.9m

10. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) £15.4m