10 of the most underpaid footballers in the world
In an increasingly expensive sport, some footballers don't earn what their ability truly deserves. Here, we take a detailed look.
Football has become a costly sport with all the TV deals, corporate sponsorship and government intervention. Transfers have become increasingly expensive and players are paid an insane amount of money to switch their allegiance. Influence of money in football is at its peak and it is beginning to dictate things.
Some of the highest paid athletes in the world are footballers and players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are earning close to £500,000-a-week. Clubs are forced to balance their books and they do so by paying a lot less to the young deserving players. Some clubs have a strict wage structure while others intentionally underpay.
Let's see about some of the most underpaid footballers in the world right now.
#10 Harry Kane (£120,000-a-week)
Harry Kane is Tottenham's goal machine - both in the Premier League and across all competitions. He has won the Golden Boot in the last two seasons, 2015/16 and 2016/17, netting 25 and 29 goals respectively.
The 23-year-old Englishman has already totalled 84 goals in 123 games across England's top-flight. Without his influence in the attacking third, it's fair to say that Spurs wouldn't have earned a Champions League place in successive seasons either.
He has already made an impressive start to the current campaign, with 13 goals in 14 appearances. Tottenham offered him a new £120,000-a-week deal last year, making Kane their highest earner. Debates continue to be made though Kane has established himself as one of the world's best strikers.
Despite this, he earns significantly less than many other top strikers in the division such as Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero and Chelsea's summer acquisition Álvaro Morata. Spurs do have a strict wage structure though, meaning they cannot match what their rivals are actively able to pay players.
Kane has been tirelessly linked with many top European clubs over the last few summers and if any of these cash-rich clubs come knocking on the door, it's hard to imagine Kane remaining in north London for much longer.