Who are the top 10 highest paid footballers in the world?

Staying at the Nou Camp until at least 2021.

After agreeing a new new three-year extension to his Barcelona contract, Lionel Messi is now the second-highest paid player in world football and has committed his future to the Camp Nou club until at least 2021.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Barca icon has been rewarded for yet another stunning season and it’s been a busy summer for the Argentine, following his marriage last week.

Messi was previously well cemented in the highest earners charts but is now closer to the top than ever.

Here, we look at the top players who earn the most in world football right now and a few stars may surprise you.

10) WAYNE ROONEY

CLUB: MANCHESTER UNITED

WAGE PER WEEK: £300,000 (after tax)

ANNUAL SALARY: £15.6m per season (after tax)

9) AXEL WITSEL

CLUB: TIANJIN QUANJIAN

WAGE PER WEEK: £302,000

ANNUAL SALARY: £15.8m per season (after tax)

8) HULK

CLUB: SHANGHAI SIPG

WAGE PER WEEK: £320,000

ANNUAL SALARY: £16m per season (after tax)

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7) GARETH BALE

 CLUB: REAL MADRID

WAGE PER WEEK: £350,000

ANNUAL SALARY: £16.8m per season (after tax)

6) GRAZIANO PELLE

 CLUB: SHANDONG LUNENG

WAGE PER WEEK: £350,000

ANNUAL SALARY: £16.8m per season (after tax)

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5) CRISTIANO RONALDO

 CLUB: REAL MADRID

WAGE PER WEEK: £365,000

ANNUAL SALARY: £21m per season

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4) OSCAR

CLUB: SHANGHAI SIPG

WAGE PER WEEK: £400,000 (after tax)

ANNUAL SALARY: £24.8m per season

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3) EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI

CLUB: HEBEI CHINA FORTUNE

WAGE PER WEEK: £400,000 (after tax)

ANNUAL SALARY: £24.8m per season

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2) LIONEL MESSI

CLUB: BARCELONA

WAGE PER WEEK: £500,000 (after tax)

ANNUAL SALARY: £26.4m per season

1) CARLOS TEVEZ

CLUB: SHANGHAI SHENHUA

WAGE PER WEEK: £615,000 (after tax)

ANNUAL SALARY: £31.98m per season

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Alexandre Lacazette passes his Arsenal medical with club-record transfer set to be announced

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Alexandre Lacazette is expected to finalise his move to Arsenal on Wednesday after the Lyon striker completed his medical.

The France international arrived in London on Tuesday after the two clubs finally agreed a fee, announced by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas as being “close to €50million”.

Lyon -based newspaper Le Progres reported on Wednesday morning that Lacazette’s medical went without a problem and that only the finer points of his contract remain to be agreed.

The fee would represent both a record signing for Arsenal, surpassing the £42.4m paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013, and the highest fee received by Lyon.

Lacazette has scored more than 20 goals in Ligue 1 for the last three seasons, including 28 in 30 games and 37 in all competitions last season.

His arrival provokes questions over the Arsenal futures of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud – with Ozil’s situation also uncertain.

Sanchez, whose contract expires after the upcoming season, has been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

Speaking at the Confederations Cup, the Chile forward said he knew what his future had in store, but declined to reveal what it entailed.

Ozil also has just 12 months left on his existing deal but posted a training picture on Twitter on Tuesday with the caption: “Holiday is over and I’m back at @Arsenal training ground with fully charged batteries #YaGunnersYa”

France striker Giroud, meanwhile, has been linked with Everton and West Ham among other clubs.

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Olivier Giroud and Wayne Rooney to form new-look Everton strike partnership with Romelu Lukaku Chelsea bound

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The Sun reports Manchester United captain WAYNE ROONEY has been left out of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States and will complete a move back to Everton this week.

Rooney will be allowed to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer with Everton paying him his current £250,000 a week wages.

Rooney could form a new-look strikeforce at Goodison with OLIVIER GIROUD with the Sun also reporting that he is set to join the Toffees from Arsenal in a £20m deal to replace ROMELU LUKAKU, who is set to rejoin Chelsea in a £90m deal.

The Independent writes that Manchester United will make a final push to bring ALVARO MORATA to Old Trafford.

Manager Jose Mourinho has become frustrated with the lack of new faces at the club but Real Madrid are holding out for their £72m asking price.

Mourinho wants his squad complete before getting on the plane for the US and so far only Victor Lindelof has arrived at the club.

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata

Roma defender ANTONIO RUDIGER has arrived in London to complete a £36million move to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Blues have beaten off a bid by Manchester City for the Germany international and Rudiger will undergo a medical before the deal, for an initial £31m with £5m in add-ons, is completed.

And finally, the Daily Mail reports that Burnley have had an £8m bid for Nottingham Forest striker BRITT ASSOMBALONGA rejected by the Championship side.

The 24-year-old, who has scored 30 goals in 47 starts for Forest, previously worked with Clarets manager Sean Dyche at Watford.

Forest are unlikely to allow their leading scorer last season to leave the club for anything less than £10m.

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JOE HART: Manchester City have told Newcastle and West Ham the England goalkeeper will only be allowed to leave on a permanent deal not on loan, writes the Sun.

ALFIE MAWSON: Tottenham are showing an interest in the Swansea and England Under-21 defender, according to the Daily Mirror.

CHRIS SMALLING: The England defender, 27, will hold talks with Manchester United over his first-team chances ahead of next summer’s World Cup, according to the Daily Mail.

Man United defender Chris Smalling

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