Where would Diego Costa’s transfer rank him in football’s rich list?

Date published: Friday 3rd February 2017 11:23

Where would Diego Costa’s prospective £30million-a-year transfer place him in the list of the world’s highest paid players?

Quite simply Costa would become the second highest paid player in the world behind Carlos Tevez.

Shanghai Shenhua quite literally threw a mountain of cash at the 32-year-old Tevez last December to lure him away from his homeland and Boca Juniors.

And now it looks as though Costa is set to follow him to Asia with his move to Tianjin Quanjian as good as done, according to Cadena Ser.

Tianjin Quanjian offered around £70million for Costa last month, but Chelsea refused to sell. Antonio Conte is though believed to have sanctioned the sale in the summer and the 28-year-old Costa will be paid £570,000 a week.

Tevez also moved for a reported £70million and if Costa goes for the same money then the Spain forward will become the joint-sixth most expensive player of all time behind Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Neymar.


1. Carlos Tevez (Shanghai Shenhua) – £615,000 a week

It’s been a good few weeks for Carlos. He recently got married and then penned a deal in China worth a massive £615,000 a week. Merry Christmas…

No official details have been released but Tevez will become the highest paid player in the world and the reported £70milion price tag will make him the world’s sixth most expensive player, behind Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Neymar.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – £365,000 a week

C Ronaldo

Ronaldo signed a new contract at Real Madrid recently tying to him at the Spanish club until 2021 and keeping him as the club’s and the world’s best-paid player. His buyout clause is rumoured to be £900million.

3. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – £346,000 a week

At the end of October Gareth Bale signed a new Real Madrid contract that is worth £18million a year and will keep him tied to the club until 2022.

4. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £336,000 a week

Lionel Messi will sign a new contract at Barcelona this season, the club’s sporting director confirmed in September. The 29-year-old Argentina international is currently under contract until 2018 at the La Liga champions and his new deal could send him to the top of the pay scale.

5. Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) – £320,000 a week

Shanghai SIPG completed an Asian transfer record deal to sign Hulk from Zenit St Petersburg in June 2016. The Chinese club paid a reported £45million transfer fee to boot.

6. Paul Pogba (Man Utd) – £290,000 a week

Paul Pogba

The former Juventus man finally made a world-record £89million move from Turin to Man Utd in the summer of 2016. The former United man returned to Old Trafford in what was the transfer saga of the summer.

7. Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) – £290,000 a week

The former Southampton striker became the highest paid Italian footballer of all time with a £13million move to the Chinese Super League in July 2016.

8. Neymar (Barcelona) – £270,000 a week

In July Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona until June 2021 – and his buy-out clause for the last three years of the deal has been set at £210million.

9. Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) – £260,0000 a week


Manchester United confirmed that England striker Wayne Rooney had signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract in February 2014.

10. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – £256,000 a week

Germany international Thomas Müller signed a contract extension with Bayern Munich in December 2015 tying him to the club until 2021.

 10. Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) – £240,000 a week

Dutch veteran Robin Van Persie signed for Fenerbahce in a £4.7million deal – and picked up another £4m signing-on fee and wages of £240k-a-week on a three-year dea

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