The size of Cristiano Ronaldo’s wage at Juventus has been revealed – and he earns three times more than any other Serie A player.
Ronaldo’s switch from Real Madrid to Juventus was the standout deal of the summer transfer window and Juve have already seen the benefits, even if he is yet to find the net in three games for the Serie A champions.
Their social media presence has increased greatly, whilst merchandise sales are up and early indications are that fans will flock to see him play across the country.
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But he does not come cheap, with La Gazzetta dello Sport revealing that Ronaldo is earning €31m, €21.5m more than AC Milan’s Gonzalo Higuain, whose wage of €9.5m is the second highest.
Six of the top ten are Juventus players, with Argentine starlet Paulo Dybala the third highest-paid player at €7m.
That means their wage bill is the largest in Italy at €219m this season, substantially more than AC Milan at €140m, Inter Milan with €119m, Roma at €100m and Napoli in fifth, with €94m.
Perhaps most strikingly, though, Ronaldo’s yearly wage is more than the ten Serie A clubs’ entire wage bill for the season.
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It shows why Juventus are clear favourites to make it eight successive scudettos this season, and why they may finally win the elusive Champions League.
But Ronaldo’s wage is still less than what Lionel Messi and Neymar earn, with Messi reportedly paid €40m per-year at Barcelona and Neymar earning €36m at PSG.
Highest Serie A salaries
D. Costa €6m
Emre Can €5m
Serie A 2018-19 wage bills: