Ronaldo earning three times more than any other Serie A star

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo earns almost three times more than any other player in Serie A, comfortably retaining his position as Italian football’s highest earner.According to figures published by Gazzetta dello Sport, the Juventus star takes home €31 million per year (£28m/$34m) – €23m (£21m/$25m) more than the league’s second-highest earner Matthijs de Ligt.The summer signing from Ajax is reportedly earning €8m (£7.2m/$8.8m) per year, with an extra €4m in bonuses. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Another new arrival to Italy’s top flight is in third place, with Romelu Lukaku receiving a salary of €7.5m (£6.7m/$8.3m), with the addition of €1.5m in bonus payments.Gonzalo Higuain, meanwhile, has fallen to fourth spot in the list having been second to Ronaldo in 2018, while Paulo Dybala, who was linked with a summer exit from Juve, is in fourth on €7.3m (£6.5m/$8.1m) per year.Indeed, Juve, who Gazzetta estimates spend €294m (£264m/$325m) per year in wages, dominate the list, with seven of their players appearing in the top eight.That includes Aaron Ramsey, who arrived on a free transfer from Arsenal, with the Welshman earning €7m (£6.3m/$7.7m) per year on a contract that runs until 2023.Juventus have won the last eight Serie A titles in a row and have kicked off the 2019-20 season with two wins from two – against Parma and Napoli respectively.They could well be pushed closer in the current campaign, however, with Antonio Conte’s Inter having brought in the likes of Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Godin to improve their prospects.While Ronaldo is way out in front as Serie A’s highest earner, France Football’s 2019 list of the best-paid players in the world puts the Juve star in second place to Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.The French publication claims that the Argentine takes home €130m (£117m/$144m) in total income – including salary, bonuses and advertising revenue – with former Real Madrid attacker Ronaldo earning €113m (£101m/$125m). Player Club Salary per annum Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus €31m Matthijs de Ligt Juventus €8m (+€4m in bonuses) Romelu Lukaku Inter €7.5m (+€1.5m in bonuses) Gonzalo Higuain Juventus €7.5m Paulo Dybala Juventus €7.3m Adrien Rabiot Juventus €7m (+€2m in bonuses) Aaron Ramsey Juventus €7m Miralem Pjanic Juventus €6.5m Douglas Costa Juventus €6m Mario Mandzukic Juventus €6m Sami Khedira Juventus €6m Gianluigi Donnarumma AC Milan €6m Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli €6mlast_img read more

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Middle East at most dangerous moment in a decade UN envoy says

“There are those on both sides who believe that blood must wash blood,” said the Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, in a statement released in Gaza. “The leaders carry a heavy burden to break this dangerous logic.” Mr. Roed-Larsen said it was necessary for both leaders to take very unpopular decisions, which were in the long-term security and political interests of the Palestinian and Israeli people. “This is the essence of leadership,” he said. Despite the current deep crisis and impasse, Mr. Roed-Larsen said it was still possible to see a road forward. “A majority of Israelis support the creation of a Palestinian state; a majority of Israelis support the evacuation of the settlements; a majority of Palestinians still support a peace deal with Israel; and a majority of Palestinians still support reconciliation with Israel in the context of a peace deal,” he said. “We need courage and creativity to move forward.” At UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan’s spokesman said that besides receiving constant updates from Mr. Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General has been in touch by telephone with the key players. “His position on the Middle East is unchanged,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “The Secretary-General feels that the United States yesterday gave very wise advice to the parties and they should heed that advice,” he said, referring to a US statement calling for the Israelis to withdraw from Palestinian-controlled areas and for the Palestinian Authority to do all in its power to control violence and bring terrorists to justice. Meanwhile, the representatives of Mali and Qatar have written to the President of the Security Council requesting a meeting of the Council “in order to take the necessary action to ensure the full and immediate withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from Palestinian areas it has reoccupied recently.” read more

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