Cristiano Ronaldo in the money

A month after holidaying in the Algarve, Cristiano Ronaldo signed a new eye-watering extension to his contract at Real Madrid last week. His €18 million a year, after tax, makes him the highest paid player in the world and equates to €35 a minute.

On top of this, he will receive 50% of his image rights. When Fulham’s Johnny Haynes became the first footballer to earn £100-per-week in 1961, there was outrage at the ridiculous wages. Ronaldo is now tied to Real Madrid until 2018 and will earn twice as much as new boy Gareth Bale.