How wages of 'world's best XI' compare to highest-paid XI with Haaland, Mbappe and Davies massively underpaid

ERLING HAALAND and Alphonso Davies are among the most underpaid players in the world.

That is according to Spanish outlet Marca's 'world's best XI' team featuring the top footballers.

But David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Gareth Bale all find themselves on the highest-paid XI – even if their performances have not justified their mammoth pay packets.

Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Virgil van Dijk, Kevin De Bruyne and Neymar feature on both teamsheets from Marca – with the selections based upon the salaries according to their numbers.

The Barcelona captain is by far the top earner in the world on a staggering £1.2million per week.

Cristiano Ronaldo must settle for second, way back on just £518,000 per week, pipping £502,000-a-week Neymar.

The report reckons De Bruyne's new contract is worth £317k per week.

It also has Bale as earning £385k and De Gea on £250k, but SunSport understands those figures are actually around £650k and £375k respectively – either way, they are rather expensive bench warmers.

Of the other overpaid stars, Gerard Pique (£142k), Pogba (£250k) and Antoine Griezmann (£334k) get the nod in an all-out-attack line-up.

In Marca's all-star team, though, there are a few players being seriously underpaid by their clubs.


Haaland leads the line as arguably the best No9 in world football right now – as plenty of European powerhouses chase the Norwegian's signature this summer.

However, he is earning just £75,000 per week at Borussia Dortmund.

That is £9,000 less than the world XI left-back, Davies, who bags £84,000 at Bayern Munich.

It is hard pushed to suggest anyone on £334,000 per week is underpaid but Kylian Mbappe could feel hard done by to be earning the same amount as Griezmann and less than Bale.

Ramos (£200k) and Van Dijk (£150k) retain their places in defence, flanked by Davies on the left and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right.

The Liverpool star is considered by many as one of the best right-backs in the world – although continues to battle for his place in the England squad such is the strength in that position.

But few would argue he deserves a bumper pay rise on his reported £42,000 a week at Anfield – the lowest in the team.

Completing the XI are Madrid rivals Luka Modric of Real and goalkeeper Jan Oblak of Atletico, who both earn £167,000 per week.

It means the overall wages of the highest-paid XI earns a staggering £1m more than the best XI every week – £4.32m per week compared to £3.31m.

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