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Erling Haaland will reportedly be offered almost double his salary by Borussia Dortmund – but his pay would still be dwarfed by that of top stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
Manchester City and Manchester City are expected to be among the top clubs queuing up to sign Haaland when his £68million release clause becomes active in next summer's transfer window.
Chelsea, Liverpool, PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona have also previously been linked with the striker, who has scored an incredible 68 goals in 67 games since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
That has prompted the Bundesliga club to offer almost twice his current salary in a desperate attempt to keep him, as tweeted by Christian Falk of German publication BILD.
It would make Haaland the highest-paid player at the Westfalenstadion – but it still wouldn't see him gatecrash the top 10 of the highest-paid stars in world football.
The 21-year-old currently earns £141,000 per week playing for Dortmund, which works out at just above £7.3million a year.
Doubling his paypacket to £282,000 a week (£14.7m per year) would see him leapfrog the club's top earner Marco Reus, as well as Mats Hummels and Emre Can.
But he would still be around £70,000 per week short of what that other great Bundesliga striker Robert Lewandowski earns, with the Bayern Munich hitman on around £350,000 per week.
That's according to the Radio Times, who placed Lewandowski 10th in the list of the highest-paid footballers in the world, compiled using figures from Forbes, L’Equipe and other sources.
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In ninth place was Antoine Griezmann, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid from Barcelona, with the French forward said to be on £356,000 per week.
United keeper David de Gea is eighth on £375,000, topped by his club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo on £385,000 – the same as Manchester City rival Kevin de Bruyne.
PSG star Lionel Messi is fifth on £410,000, with Real Madrid's Gareth Bale on a whopping £500,000 per week.
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is in third place on £575,000 per week, having been sold by Barcelona for what proved a bargain £6.3m as he fired Atletico to the La Liga title last term.
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Neymar is second on the list with an eye-watering pay cheque of £606,000, while his PSG team-mate Lionel Messi is unsurprisingly top, with the former Barca star on a reported £960,000 every week – that's a staggering £31.5m per year before tax.
It may be a surprise to many to see Ronaldo as low as joint sixth on the list, with some reports claiming he earns as £510,000 per week.
According to a recent report by Forbes, Ronaldo has replaced Messi as the world's top-paid footballer with astonishing annual earnings of $125m, or £92m – but that includes bonuses and endorsements on top of weekly salary.
Also in that top 10 are Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, United's Paul Pobga, Real Madrid's ex-Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Barcelona legend star Andres Iniesta, now with Japanese side Vissel Kobe.
- Antoine Griezmann
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- David de Gea
- Gareth Bale
- Kylian Mbappe
- Lionel Messi
- La Liga
- Erling Haaland
- Manchester United FC
- Manchester City FC
- PSG FC
- Atletico Madrid FC
- Bayern Munich FC
- Real Madrid FC
- Paul Pogba
- Mohamed Salah
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