Wayne Rooney and the highest earning players in world football

The Manchester United striker takes his place among the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - at least in terms of wages

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Wayne Rooney has just signed a new mega-bucks contract with Manchester United, worth a reported £300,000-a-week.

But where does that place him among the best paid players in world football?

Rooney's contract means the England striker will earn upwards of £15.5m per year, a figure that even the game's absolute best find it hard to match.

Here, we take a look at the 10 highest earners in football.

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