The World’s 24 Highest-Paid Soccer Stars

24. David de Gea: Manchester United/Spain

World Class goalkeeper David de Gea has been the netminder for Manchester United since 2011. Since then, he’s firmly established himself as one of the world’s best — largely due to his acrobatics in goal, and his presence on any threatening scoring chance. Man U has certainly noticed, and has been willing to handsomely pay the Spaniard. De Gea makes £200,000 a week — which translates to nearly $259,000 per seven-day period. Over the course of one year, the ‘keeper pockets nearly $13 million. As of 2017, he’s the highest-paid keeper in the world.

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23. David Silva: Manchester City/Spain

The tricky Spanish midfielder has long been a fixture within the English Premier League. Since 2010, he’s starred for Manchester City — functioning primarily as a facilitator nestled directly behind the strikers. “Citeh” has certainly taken notice of Silva’s brilliance with the ball at his feet. Silva earns £210,000 per week ($271,757) and roughly £10.9 million (about $14.1 million) annually.

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22. Asamoah Gyan: Kayserispor/Ghana

Fans of the United States Men’s National Team may want to look away. Ghanian striker Asamoah Gyan has tortured the supporters of the Red, White, and Blue on more than one occasion. He’s also done this throughout his professional career — bagging 51 goals in international play, and 167 scores since 2003. Though he’s competed in some of the best leagues in the world (EPL, Ligue 1, Serie A), he’s since taken his talents east — featuring in China, UAE, and most recently, Turkey. During Gyan’s last year in China with Shanghai SIPG, Gyan made £227,000 ($293,647) per week and £11.8 million ($15,264,480) per season.

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