If asked who is the highest-paid footballer in the world, there are chances that you would hear the names of Christiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. But apparently none of the two are the highest paid footballer in the world at the moment.
The mantle of being the highest paid footballer has gone to Argentine striker, Carlos Tevez, who has been signed by leading Chinese soccer club Shanghai Shenhua. In the next two years, he is expected to earn as much as $80 per minute and $808,000 a week.
Carlos Tevez who has officially become the highest paid footballer has signed a whopping $41million-a-year contract with the Chinese side. The soccer player from Argentina has signed a two-year deal with the Chinese Super League team, which paid an $11 million fee to his former club Boca Juniors for the transfer.
Tevez has been counted among the best strikers in the soccer world for a very long time now. He began his football career with Boca Juniors, winning the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 2003 before moving to Corinthians where he won the Brasileiro. In 2006 he moved to West Ham United, helping the team remain in the Premier League in his only season. Tevez’s prolonged transfers to West Ham and Manchester United were plagued by issues regarding third-party ownership by Media Sports Investment, and their resulting sagas paved changes to both Premier League and FIFA regulations.
In the year 2007 he transferred to Manchester United and in his two years won several trophies including two league titles and the Champions League. In 2009 he joined Manchester City for £47 million, becoming the first player to move between the two rival clubs since Terry Cooke in 1999.
In the meantime a statement from hhis new team Shanghai Shenhua said “Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC reached a transfer agreement with Argentina Club Atlético Boca Juniors. Carlos Alberto Tévez is officially joined Shanghai Shenhua”.
Later a statement from his old team, Boca Juniors, said, “After twists and turns…the second stage of Tevez at Boca culminates with two titles (Torneo and Copa Argentina 2015), where he scored 25 goals in 56 games played. Beyond his departure, the club and the fans will wait for his return so that he retires in the club of his loves. Good luck, Carlitos!”
Meanwhile the breakdown of Tevez’s enormous new earning power makes for eye-watering reading; his contract nets him a gross $808,000 a week, $115,000 a day, $4,800 an hour or $80 a minute. Apparently China has become a goldmine of sorts for many top of the line soccer player. Apparently Tavez is not alone in his team when it comes to players migrating from topnotch teams moving to Shanghai Shenhua. He joins former English Premier League strikers Obafemi Martins and Demba Ba besides former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and ex-Sunderland coach Gus Poyet as their manager.