TODAY, PLAYING FOOTBALL PROFESSIONALLY is considered as one of the highest paying jobs in the world. Pay packages for footballers are increasing massively with each passing year. Recently, the news of Wayne Rooney signing a contract with Manchester United to earn £15,600,000 a year created quite a stir in media circles and with football fanatics. Ever been curious to know who are the highest paid footballers in the world? Us too.

10. Radamel Falcao   Tenth on our list of highest paid footballers is Radamel Falcao, making £23 per minute and a whopping £ 221,000 every week. Credited for scoring 70 goals in 91 games, Falcao is quite a sensation among football fanatics.

9. Robin Van Persie   Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie is ranked ninth on our list, taking the lead by a very small margin. With a football career and that is highlighted by rock-bottom lows and glorious highs, RVP earns as much as £23.50 per minute.

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic   A footballer who is zealous about putting his best on the field and making it big off it, Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes that lead from RVP, earning £23.65 a minute. He is one of the best football players around today, having played for some of the top European football clubs.

7. Yaya Toure   Next in line is Yaya Toure who has rendered his services for some of the best and most prestigious European football clubs. Toure’s impressive performance over the course of his career justifies his pay of £ 240,000 per week.

6. Lionel Messi   Lionel Messi takes the sixth spot on our list.  He is considered as one of the best footballers in the world today and is acknowledged for scoring 25 goals in 28 appearances during the current season. Making £25 per minute, he is surely the man to look out for.

5. Fernando Torres   Fifth on our list of highest paid football players is Fernando Torres. Torres may not have been able to put up his best performance on the field lately, but he manages to prove his worth still earning an astounding £268,000 a week.

4. Gareth Bale   Signing a lucrative deal with Real Madrid last year, the 24-year old has achieved a lot at a very young age. As a footballer he is naturally gifted and making £30 a minute, Gareth Bales comes fourth on our list.

3. Wayne Rooney   Making it to top three is Wayne Rooney, who was recently in news for signing a deal with Manchester United. Earning as much as Bale, money he makes as a result of endorsements and advertisements gives him a slight edge.

2. Samuel Eto’o   Thrice being a part of a team that won the Champions League, Samuel Eto’o is likely to be remembered as one of the greatest African football players in the history of the game. Currently earning £34 a minute, Samuel Eto’o is a player who has a natural flair for playing the sport.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo   Cristiano Ronaldo being the highest paid player is no surprise. Being one of the most popular footballers he makes as much as £335,000 a week.