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Neymar is now the highest-paid footballer in France ahead of Messi and Mbappe

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Neymar has been revealed as the highest-paid footballer in France, beating Lionel Messi with a staggering £41m-a-year salary.


French publication L'Equipe have released estimates of monthly salaries across the country's top tier. Mauricio Pochettino's side dominates the list with the top 14 spots occupied by PSG players, showing the gulf between his side and the rest of the league.

Brazil star Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona for £198million back in August 2017, is still the division's top earner, earning around £3.4million a month before tax. This equates to a yearly gross salary of just under £41m a year. 


The second on the list is his teammate, Lionel Messi, who joined the club in the summer following his emotional exit from Barcelona.  The 34-year-old world superstar, who was once the highest earner in world footballer, now makes around £34m-per-year at the French giants.  Kylian Mbappe, 23, who is in the final few months of his current contract, earns £22m-a-year. 


Mbappe is expected to leave the club at the end of his contract, with Real Madrid the most likely team to sign him on a free.


See 30 of Ligue 1's top earners (yearly salaries) below.


1. Neymar (PSG) £40.8million

2. Messi (PSG) £33.7m

3. Mbappe (PSG) £22.2m

4. Marquinhos (PSG) £12m

5. Marco Verratti (PSG) £12m

6. Achraf Hakimi (PSG) £10.8m

7. Keylor Navas (PSG) £10m

8. Angel Di Maria (PSG) £9.5m

9. Georginio Wijnaldum (PSG) £9.1m

10. Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG) £9.1m

11. Mauro Icardi (PSG) £8m

12. Sergio Ramos (PSG) £7.9m

13. Leandro Parades (PSG) £7.5m

14. Juan Bernat (PSG) £7.3m

15. Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) £6.5m

16. Ander Herrera (PSG) £6.5m

17. Presnel Kimpembe (PSG) £6.4m

18. Cesc Fabregas (Monaco) £6m

19. Julian Draxler (PSG) £5.6m

20. Layvin Kurzawa (PSG) £5m

21. Idrissa Gueye (PSG) £5m

22. Abdou Diallo (PSG) £4.5m

23. Thilo Kehrer (PSG) £4.1m

24. Bakambu (Marseille) £4m

25. Milik (Marseille) £4m

26. Nubel (Monaco) £4m

27. Ndombele (Lyon) £3.5m

28. Boateng (Lyon) £3.5m

29. Payet (Marseille) £3.5m

30. Sanches (Lille)  £3.3m

The first player not representing PSG to make the top 30 is Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder who earns £6.5m a year - a massive £34m drop on the highest player of PSG.

PSG have a staggering 21 players on the list, with Monaco and Marseille the next best represented teams with three apiece. Lyon have two players on the list while Lille have one.

Former Premier League stars Ander Herrera (£6.5m), Cesc Fabregas (£6m), Idrissa Gueye (£5m), Tanguy Ndombele (£3.5m), Dimitri Payet (£3.5m) and Renato Sanches (£3.3m) all make the list.

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