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Ighalo won’t make top 10 best paid players despite bumper pay rise

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Ighalo won't even be in top 10 best paid players

Odion Ighalo still won’t be in the top ten highest-paid footballers when he eventually signs a stunning £400,000-a-week contract at Shanghai Shenhua.

The on-loan Manchester United striker has been offered a staggering pay packet to return to China. It will be a £100,000 increase on his current deal at his parent club.

But Ighalo will wait until January to put pen to paper on the mega deal – which will earn him £20.8million before tax. That’s because he’s extended his loan stay at Manchester, with the Nigerian to remain at Old Trafford until the end of January.

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Amazingly Ighalo still won’t match some big names who are pocketing fortunes when he eventually returns to Shanghai.

According to France Football, it comes as no surprise that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two highest earners currently taking home £229m between them.

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A large gap starts to open to third-place Neymar, with the Paris Saint-Germain man banking £87m. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is fourth with £35.45m. And he just narrowly pips Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann, who is on £35.25m. Real’s latest Galactico Eden Hazard is fifth with £32.06m.

And despite playing for Japanese side Vissel Kobe, veteran Andres Iniesta is still making a mint on a salary of £31.14m. Man City superstar Raheem Sterling is eighth with £30.96m, and is the sole Premier League and England representative.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is ninth with £26.56m. And PSG’s Kylian Mbappe completes the top ten with £24.73m.


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