Cristiano Ronaldo emerges highest earner in Serie A, pockets £28m-a-year

Cristiano Ronaldo emerges highest earner in Serie A, pockets £28m-a-year

- Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus star, is the highest paid player in Serie A

- Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt is placed second on the list

- The pair of Romelu Lukaku and Aaron Ramsey also made the cut

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal and Juventus star, currently pockets wages three times more than any other player plying their trade in the Italian topflight.

According to Daily Mail citing Gazzetta dello Sport, the five-time Ballon D'or winner, earns £28m-a-year salary after taxes at Juventus, three times more than new teammate Matthijs de Ligt, who happens to be the second highest earner in Serie A.

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A further breakdown of the earning revealed Juventus' de Ligt smiles home with £7.2million-a-year plus bonuses, ahead of the likes of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.

In addition, Romelu Lukaku is another newcomer in Serie A that is listed among the highest paid, earning £6.7million-a-year plus bonuses after moving to Inter Milan from Man United this summer.

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Interestingly, Ronaldo gets more pay from endorsement deals than what he earns as salary, with only Nike splashing out about £14.68m annually, aside from performance-based bonuses.

However, most of the top earners in Serie A ply their trade at Turin-based Juventus, with nine of the 10 listed playing for the Bianconeri.

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Juventus have won eight Serie A titles in a row, so can afford to spend big money on the players they need to keep their run going. They reportedly spend £264million-a-year on player wages.

Serie A top earners(All figures after tax)

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - £8m

2. Matthijs de Ligt - £7.2m

3. Romelu Lukaku - £6.7m

4. Gonzalo Higuain - £6.7m

5. Paulo Dybala - £6.5m reported earlier that Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal and Juventus forward, is no doubt one of the world’s highest-paid athletes after details of his recent endorsement were made public.

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According to the Mirror report citing Football Leaks (via Der Spiegel ), Ronaldo was at the middle of a storm over sponsorship between sports kits giants Nike and rivals Adidas, but opted to pen a 10-year extension with the former in 2016.

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