Football is no longer just the world’s most popular game – it’s also the most expensive. Here are ten players of top skill and speed making the big bucks.

With his record-making PSG deal, Neymar looks set to dribble easily past Ronaldo and Messi to the #1 spot on upcoming best-paid lists.

Neymar has signed the most expensive transfer deal in history with Paris Saint-Germain to the tune of $262 million.

We thought we had seen a record for the ages when Manchester United forked out $118 million for Pogba just last year, but with this deal coming through (minus salary and bonus), 25-year-old Neymar could easily become the world’s most expensive player ahead of Ronaldo and Messi.

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As the greatest deal in football history, it also beats the craziest NFL or NBA payouts sports has seen. Today, football is not only the world’s most popular game – it’s also the most expensive. The standard being set at this new all-time high opens the door for more footballers to make even more staggering transfer deals; PSG’s new #10 may not hold the record for too long.

With EPL season upon us once again, let’s take a quick look at the top 10 footballers making the best money on the field this year, according to Forbes (all earnings in USD).

#10. Paul Pogba, $21.2 million
#10. Paul Pogba, $21.2 million

#10. Paul Pogba, $21.2 million

Salary & bonus: $17.2 million Teams: Manchester United & France

#9. James Rodriguez, $23.3 million
#9. James Rodriguez, $23.3 million

#9. James Rodriguez, $23.3 million

Salary & bonus: $17.3 million Teams: Real Madrid (currently FC Bayern Munich) & Uruguay

#8. Sergio Aguero, $22.6 million
#8. Sergio Aguero, $22.6 million

#8. Sergio Aguero, $22.6 million

Salary & bonus: $14.6 million Teams: Manchester City & Argentina

#7. Luis Suarez, $23.3 million
#7. Luis Suarez, $23.3 million

#7. Luis Suarez, $23.3 million

Salary & bonus: $17.3 million Teams: Barcelona & Uruguay

#6. Wayne Rooney, $23.6 million
#6. Wayne Rooney, $23.6 million

#6. Wayne Rooney, $23.6 million

Salary & bonus: $17.6 million Teams: Manchester United (currently Everton) & England

#5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $32million
#5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $32million

#5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $32million

Salary & bonus: $27 million Teams: Manchester United (currently not attached to a club) & Sweden

#4. Gareth Bale, $34 million
#4. Gareth Bale, $34 million

#4. Gareth Bale, $34 million

Salary & bonus: $23 million Teams: Real Madrid & Wales

#3. Neymar, $37 million
#3. Neymar, $37 million

#3. Neymar, $37 million

Salary & bonus: $15 million Teams: Barcelona (now PSG) & Brazil

#2. Lionel Messi, $80 million
#2. Lionel Messi, $80 million

#2. Lionel Messi, $80 million

Salary & bonus: $53 million Teams: Barcelona & Argentina

#1. Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million
#1. Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million

#1. Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million

Salary & bonus: $58 million Teams: Real Madrid & Portugal

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Numbers courtesy of Forbes. Images courtesy of respective clubs, Telegraph UK & Goal.com

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