Former Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo agreed to whopping salary at Juventus when he joined them last month, but did you know the superstar’s massive income is higher than the overall wage bill of 10 of the 20 Serie A sides?
The 33-year-old joined Juventus in a deal worth €100 million (R1.71 billion), plus another €17 million (R291 million) in add-ons, during the latest transfer window.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, his Bianconeri contract is worth €31 million (R530 million) a year, which makes him the highest-paid player in Italy by far – AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain follows in second place with annual income of €9.5 million (R162 million).
In fact, Ronaldo’s salary is so high that he earns more than the overall wage bill of 10 of the 20 teams in Italy’s top flight.
The Portugal captain pockets almost double what Empoli – the team with the lowest wage bill in Serie A – pay their whole squad.
Here are the 10 sides with lower wage bills than Ronaldo’s salary, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport:
11) Sassuolo €30 million (R513 million)
12) Cagliari €29 million (R496 million)
13) Genoa €29 million (R496 million)
14) Atalanta €27 million (R461 million)
15) Udinese €26 million (R444 million)
16) Parma €23 million (R393 million)
17) Frosinone €22 million (R376 million)
18) Chievo €21 million (R359 million)
19) SPAL €21 million (R359 million)
20) Empoli €16 million (R273 million)