As much as it is a sport, Football has very much become one of the biggest business playgrounds in the world, with investors from all corners of the Earth looking to inject cash into specific soccer teams for both financial riches and the ultimate glory. From Dubai businessmen to Russian billionaires, the biggest and best soccer entities have seen cash injections from such individuals to bring to them the greatest of talent.With the sport as we know having changed ever since the first of these multi-million-pound-club takeovers occurred, the very foundations of how a club’s success is attained has changed forever. Gone are the days of home-grown talent being nurtured through the years, instead replaced by big money signings who, in turn, demand incredibly outrageous signing on fees and wages.
In fact, the life of a football player these days is beyond belief, with the ambitious wage demands from players met on a regular occurrence in order for the biggest and best soccer teams to not only fulfill fan wishes but also ultimately bring home the coveted trophies for their cabinets. Global soccer is not just one of the biggest sports on the planet but also a trading ground involving billions of pounds, and being a footballer these days means living the high life.
From Argentinian wizards to winking Portuguese starlets, the soccer world possesses some truly outstanding talent whose wage bills match their on-field credentials. Here are 15 of the highest paid football players from around the world who are currently reaping the rewards of their technical abilities.
15. Asamoah Gyan (Shanghai SIPG) – £227,000 per week
From Sunderland to literally becoming one of the highest-paid players in the world, the rise of Asamoah Gyan is one that is simply staggering. Having started his career back in 2003 at Ghanian team Liberty Professionals, the African starlet has since played for Italian club Udinese, French side Rennes, English Premier League team Sunderland and UAE’s Al Ain (where he was reportedly paid £6 million per season).
But it wasn’t his stint at Al Ain where he earned the most money, with that coming with his move to China Super League’s Shanghai SIPG. The cash-rich club signed the Ghanaian international in 2015, offering him a staggering £227,000 per week, proving that the Chinese teams weren’t holding back in looking to forge one of the biggest leagues in the world.
After a season that produced just seven goals in twenty appearances, Gyan now finds himself at Al Ahli Dubai on loan. It looks like his parent club may be paying way more than he’s worth…