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Growing player earnings in the Chinese Super League is rapidly reshuffling the landcape of the game’s top earners. 

Ezequiel Lavezzi who yesterday, starred for Paris Saint-Germain against Chelsea in the Champions League has joined the money trail to China with a deal that nets £400,000 ($571,428) a week. – Pundits are asking, is he worth that much and where does that place him in the list world’s best-paid players? 

 What do you think?

The Argentine is the latest star to follow the money to China – but is it enough for him to gatecrash the top ten highest earners?

Ezequiel Lavezzi has scored 31 goals for Paris St-Germain since joining the French champions in 2012. Anticipated earnings of £400,000 a week before tax

Hebei China Fortune announce new signing Ezequiel LavezziPhoto:China Fortune/Wei
No wonder Lavezzi is smiling…  
Ezequiel Lavezzi is the latest big name player to secure a megabucks Chinese move, after he reportedly penned a £400,000-a-week deal with Super League side Hebei China Fortune, joining from Paris Saint-Germain in a £3.5million deal and his new pay packet will only be bettered by a handful of the planet’s best players.

Sure, the taxman will take his cut, but just where exactly does Lavezzi’s new deal place him in the current list of the best paid players in the world?
The usual suspects are there – but there’s also a couple of surprising names that crop up in the top ten.
See who are the planet’s biggest earner and just how much they take home each week here.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Reported salary: £288,000-a-weekCristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 13, 2016
Photo:Pedro Castillo/Real Madrid via Getty
In the money: Ronaldo is the planet’s best paid player
 
It’s not a huge surprise to see the Real Madrid man top of the pops when it comes to pay packets.
The former Manchester United became Madrid’s all-time leading scorer earlier this season as his assault on the record books continues. It’s fair to say that he probably deserves his title as the world’s best paid player.

2. Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona

Reported salary: £275,000-a-week
Barcelona v Celta Vigo  Photo: Getty
Number 2: Messi, best player in the world? Trails only Ronaldo
  
     
The Argentine genius trails his Real Madrid rival slightly, but like Ronaldo, sacrifices 52% of it in tax, ending up with just under £300,000 each week.
He and Ronaldo are comfortably clear of the rest of the field when it comes to club salary.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG

Reported salary: £250,000-a-week
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring the first goal for Paris St Germain
Photo: ReutersWinding down: Top scorer for PSG. Zlatan’s has proven his worth at several top clubs
Next up is the not-so shy and retiring Swede, who has made a career out of big money transfers.
The 33-year-old’s CV boasts of spells at Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and now PSG, where his current big-money contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

3= Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Reported salary: £250,000-a-week
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal
    Photo: Reuters
Best player in BPL?? Rooney,Premier League’s highest paid player
 
Manchester United may be struggling on the pitch this season, but the skipper remains central to Louis van Gaal’s plans.
Critics would say he’s held United to ransom for his last two contracts, but the England skipper is a marketer’s dream off the pitch, which helps justify his lofty wages.

5. Robin van Persie, Fenerbache

Reported salary: £240,000-a-week
The Dutchman has scored four goals in his last five matches with two of those being from the bench
   Photo: EPA
Robin van Persie. Role as an impact substitute since moving to Fenerbahce
       
The Dutchman swapped Old Trafford for Turkey last summer and only saw a £10,000-a-week drop in wages, as he penned a three-year deal at Fenerbache.
The 32-year-old has netted nine times for Fener in the Turkish league this season.

6. Asamoah Gyan, Shanghai SIPG

Reported salary: £227,000-a-week
Ghanaian football player Asamoah Gyan smiles after arriving at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai       
Photo: Splash News
Trailblazer: Gyan. Ahead of the curve on the lucrative Chinese moves
        
Trail blazer. Former top scorer at Sunderland and Al Ain, Quater. Joined Sven-Goran Eriksson in China last summer, before it was cool. It’s not the Ghana international’s first mega deal, as Sven pinched him from Al Ain, where he was on $250,000-a-week.

7. Ezequiel Lavezzi, Hebei China Fortune

Reported salary : £222,000-a-week

Ezequiel Lavezzi    

 credit: bbc
New kid on the money spinning block: Scored 31 goals for PSG since joining  in 2012.
Lavezzi has become the latest big name signing to arrive in China, with his wage slip being swelled by the fact that Hebei only had to shell out £3.5million to PSG for the Argentine. Once the tax man has had his share of Lavezzi’s £400,000-a-week, he’s still left with a handsome sum,The likes of Ramires and Alex Teixeira have had to settle for lesser pay packets owing to the higher fees that the club have payed.

8. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Reported salary: £220,000-a-week
 Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the third goal for Manchester City   
  Photo: Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff
Bang for your buck: Aguero has been prolific at Manchester City

Compared to some of the wages banded around this list, City fans will see Sergio Aguero as being somewhat of a bargain. When fit, the Argentine oozes goals, netting 92 times in the Premier League since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

8= Yaya Toure, Manchester City

Reported salary: £220,000-a-week
   

Photo::Getty
In the money: Just don’t forget his birthday  

At his best, Toure is a talismanic figure for Manchester City, but rumours continue to swirl over his Etihad future. The Ivory Coast midfielder still has 18 months left on his big money deal at the Premier League title contenders.

8 = Neymar, Barcelona

Reported salary : £220,000
Barcelona v Celta Vigo
Photo: Getty
Sky high: Neymar, highest paid Brazilian on the list
 
Part of the MSN frontline that is as good as anything attack we’ve seen in recent memory, Neymar’s salary isn’t quite at the level of Lionel Messi, although he does pocket £15,000-a-week more than the attacking tridant’s other figure Luis Suarez.

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