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Serie A Salaries Reflect The Economic Climate In Italy

serie aItaly’s La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper has published the wages of the top players in Serie A, and the financial issues that are griping the country are reflected in the wages paid to the country’s top stars.

Only 12 players across the country earn in excess of €4m per year (note that is a net amount after taxes). Roma’s Daniele De Rossi is the highest-earning footballer in earning €6.5m per year, €1m more than Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain and €2m more than Francesco Totti.

Daniele De Rossi
Roma €6.5m
2. Gonzalo Higuain
Napoli €5.5m
3. Diego Milito
Inter €5m
4. Esteban Cambiasso
Inter €4.5m
4. Carlos Tevez
Juventus €4.5m
6. Francesco Totti
Roma €4.5m
7. Mario Gomez
Fiorentina €4.25m
8. Gianluigi Buffon
Juventus €4m
8. Mario Balotelli
Milan €4m
8. Kaka
Milan €4m
8. Philippe Mexes Milan €4m
8. Marco Borriello Roma €4m

To put De Rossi’s wages in context, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and striker Radamel Falcao both earn a reported €14m net per year, while Lionel Messi makes €13m.

The table shows what a tremendous job that have done over the last 18 months slashing their payroll. With Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva they had the two of the highest earners in Serie A. But they have been able to slash their wage bill and also convince players like Mario Balotelli and Kaka to take pay cuts to play for them.

At the other end of the wage table there are some players who are playing well above what they are getting paid. Some notably low-earners include wonderkid Paul Pogba (€1m), Lazio’s Italy regular Antonio Candreva (€900,000), wing back Juan Zuniga (€800,000) and dribbling sensation Juan Cuadrado (€600,000).