Eden Hazard: Belgian becomes 6th highest-paid player worldwide and Real Madrid top earner

Eden Hazard: Belgian becomes 6th highest-paid player worldwide and Real Madrid top earner

- Eden Hazard has become Real Madrid top earner and 6th highest-paid player worldwide

- Lionel Messi remains at the top of football’s rich list

- Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo completes the top three earners

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Belgium star Eden Hazard has beaten the pair of Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale to become Real Madrid top earner.

The former Chelsea play-maker completed a switch to the Santiago Bernabéu in a deal valued at €100m in addition to massive package of add-ons since the beginning of June.

According to the Independent report, the Belgian penned a five-year deal, which will see him pocket about £400 000 per week.

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A further breakdown revealed that Bale was Los Blancos highest-paid player, with the Welshman reportedly earning £350 000 weekly as basic salary, excluding add-ons.

Interestingly, Hazard’s new weekly earning equals to €23.3 million per annum, sees him become the sixth highest paid player in the world at the moment.

However, Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who pockets €46m annually at Camp Nou remains at the top of football’s rich list.

Meanwhile, Neymar, who earns €36m as yearly salary at Paris Saint-Germain remains in second spot.

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo completes the top three after agreeing an annual salary of €30m ahead of his switch from Real Madrid last summer.

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Top 10 highest-paid players worldwide after Hazard transfer

1) Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) – €46m

2) Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – €36m

3) Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – €30m

4) Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) – €25m

5) Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) – €24m

6) Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – €23.3m

7) Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) – €22.5m

8) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – €20m

9) Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) – €20m

10) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – €20m

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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