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Top 11 Most Expensive Footballers by each Position
#1. Manuel Neuer: Goalkeeper
Bayern Munich and Germany’s #1 player Manuel Neuer is the richest goalkeeper and the most expensive one this season, outclassing David De Gea at least in terms of commerce. Neuer has the amazing ability to prevent the ball from passing through the goal line, and no matter what the circumstances are, he always finds a way to dominate strikers. He’s the nightmare of every major striker in the world, and even Messi and Ronaldo admits that they would rather like to play with him than against. Although he is heavily linked to a transfer, it is unlikely that FC Bayern will accept any price.
#2. Phillip Lahm: Left Back
Phillip Lahm was criticized halfway into the FIFA 2014 World cup, but he proved to be the most successful German left-back in the world. Lahm has amazing stamina and can keep running along the flanks for the entire 90 minutes. To top that, he can provide deadly crosses and his sliding tackles are technically perfect as well, making him an all-rounder. However, while he might not be the tallest person on the pitch and that wouldn’t matter in terms of attack, but his height does affect his defensive capabilities. We wish to see more of him in the coming years.
#3. Sergio Ramos: Center Back
Sergio Ramos earns higher than many renowned strikers in the world, and he made Real Madrid literally pour money over him. Spain has a harsh tax policy and while he cannot save his money from going into taxes, he’s making Madrid pay him extra so that he remains happy with the amount after tax deduction. But, while he is known to be a dirty player, he is also one of the best defenders in the world, and certainly one of the highest paid one as well. Luckily, he’s still around in Real Madrid for the next 4-5 years, which means there’s plenty of action remaining.
#4. John Terry: Center Back
When Roman Abramovich brought in Jose Mourinho for the first time, the Portuguese manager relied heavily on the defensive capabilities of Terry. He is a leader, he is a strong defender and most importantly of all, he’s one of the richest ones as well. Players like Henry, Suarez, Ronaldo and Gerrard were often victims to a morale crisis because of this player’s defensive capabilities. If you’re a goal keeper, you would love to have him in front of you guarding the defence, and though his aging limbs are getting the better of him, he is still the highest paid defender in the Premier League.
#5. Davi Alves: Right Back
Dani Alves has remained as the best right back for quite some time now, at least since the past 5 years. Whenever there’s an El Classico, you’re in for a treat because you get to see the best one-on-one competition in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo vs Dani Alves. He can keep running for days and he’s a strong defender. He used to be agile but now he’s more experienced and this helps him to keep up with the modern game. He also has a great ability to judge the game and can modify his playing style as per managerial needs.
#6. Yaya Toure: Central Defensive Midfielder
Truly a box to box midfielder, Yaya Toure can keep running for the entire match, even if he has no purpose for it. He can play in all roles, be it as a defender, as a defensive midfielder, as an attacking midfielder and sometimes as a striker. The brother of Kolo Toure, Yaya has been successful in every club that he’s played for, but his Manchester City career will remain the best one. We don’t get to see his contributions much in European competitions such as the Euro Cup or Champion’s League, but he’s certainly the best defensive midfielder in Europe, in Africa and the highest paid defensive midfielder as well.
#7. Bastian Schweinsteiger: Left Central Midfielder
Bastian Schweinsteiger has become a fan favorite player for Manchester United. He immediately became a big deal at Old Trafford. He can pass with pin point accuracy and he has an amazing workrate as well. He might not last the entire 90 minutes with full efficiency but when he’s in the mood, he’s going to enjoy the game and make life hell for defenders with his pass. He can dictate the game’s pace and flow and is one of the most experienced players in the world. You could make him play as a winger (which he did for Bayern in the beginning), but he’s more suited for the defensive midfield area (which he loves to play in).
#8. David Silva: Right Center Midfielder
David Silva is a majestic midfielder who can do wonders with the ball. His passing makes you feel like you’re watching a video game and not a live match. He might not be scoring goals that often like his younger days, but he still can play in the upper part of midfield. You might hate Manchester City because of their sudden rise to fame through financial prowess, but you have to admit that Silva is a magician of a footballer. Manchester City strikers have been blessed to have him for feeding those chances of scoring goals.
#9. Cristiano Ronaldo: Left Winger
We bring to you the world’s highest paid player at the moment, who has a billion dollar release clause to his agreement, making virtually sure that he retires in Madrid only. He is one of the most entertaining footballers in the world and can score goals with either foot. Not to forget, he has a beast of a right leg, which is evident when he shoots the ball from long range towards goal, be it from a free kick position or when the match is in flow. He’s also tipped to win the Ballon d’Or once again this season.
#10. Lionel Messi: Right Winger
Lionel Messi is one of the most successful footballers in the world and is certainly one of the highest paid footballers as well. Whenever you see that Messi is in possession of the ball, you hold your breath because you know he’s going to show some brilliance any moment. He can score goals, he can create goals and he can win you free kicks as well. His pace control ability is the only thing Ronaldo doesn’t have. He can dribble past defenders as if they were never there! He’s also nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award.
#11. Wayne Rooney: Center Forward
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is yet another highly paid striker in the world and many may argue whether his current form truly deserves the amount of money he’s been earning. He has all the skills that a striker needs, but he’s been running short of goals and he’s been scoring less than what he usually does. He has brute strength with very skilled techniques and though he has a high work rate, he is no longer a true #9 player. He is the highest paid striker in the world and one of the highest paid footballers in the world.
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