9 Neymar (Barcelona) – £275,000/week
Considered as a future Ballon d’Or winner and a long-term heir to Lionel Messi, Neymar is among the best-paid footballers in the world. The 24-year-old recently signed a 5-year contract extension amid rumours of interest from PSG and Manchester United and Barcelona significantly increased his weekly wages, raising it by almost £60,000 per week.
The Brazilian superstar has been one of the best players in La Liga and across the world ever since he made the move to Barcelona, playing a key role in Barcelona’s stunning treble season in 2014/15 season and their double in 2015/16 season scoring crucial goals and forming a devastating partnership with Suarez and Messi.
Neymar's dribbling skills, tricks and playmaking ability are reminiscent of compatriot Ronaldinho. His common traits are his creativity, passing, finishing, dribbling, feints and technique, being described as both "electric" and "explosive".Although naturally right-footed, he is capable of scoring with both feet, as well as with his head, and is an accurate free-kick and penalty taker.
Considered to be the next big football superstar, it is only a matter of time before Neymar becomes the highest paid footballer in the world.Published 02 Jan 2017, 16:51 IST