WE all know footballers get paid ridiculous amounts of money. But just how much is ridiculous?
Well it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the top two earners in our football rich list were also the top two across all sports. These footballers earned more than sporting royality including Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer and Phil Mickelson.
Starting below you can browse through the slideshow to reveal the most highly paid football stars in 2016 according to Forbes. Believe me, there are a few shocks ahead. I’m guessing you probably wouldn’t have predicted number 3.
20. Samir Nasri
Total Earnings in Season 2015/16: £10 Million
One of three French ex-Arsenal players (the others being Sagna and Clichy) plying their trade at City, Nasri is the highest wage earner of his compatriots. The midfielder takes home around £9.5 million a year in salary and bonuses, and over £0.5 million in sponsorships.
You’ll see the Frenchman sporting Adidas boots now, but in the past few years he’s had sponsorship deals with Warrior and New Balance. That ended last year after Adidas swooped with a mega-deal that the Frenchman couldn’t refuse.
Sitting alongside Nasri in the Man City midfield is number 19 in the toplist. Click Next below to reveal.