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Lionel Messi was the highest paid footballer in the world in 2021/22 but who was the worst value?

Counting down the top 10 highest earners in the game and working out how much each minute on the pitch actually cost their respective clubs.

Lionel Messi was the highest-paid footballer in the world in 2021/22, earning £960,000 a week.
However, despite a largely underwhelming season at Paris Saint-Germain he was some way from being the world's worst value for money footballer last season.
That accolade goes to Gareth Bale, who despite earning much less than Messi, at £528,000 a week, only racked up 290 minutes playing time for Real Madrid. That works out at a staggering £94,676 for each minute he spent on the pitch.
For comparison, Messi clocked up 2,872 minutes of playing time at £17,381 a minute.

The figures were revealed by SportingPedia who tracked down the ten players with the highest annual salaries using data from Sportbible, Transfermarkt and Goal Serve.

Messi is one of three PSG players in the top five, with Neymar (£606,000 a week) and Kylian Mbappe (£410,000) also featuring.

Gareth Bale
Shanghai Port's Oscar is the only player in the top ten from outside Europe - and indeed the only one who didn't feature in the Champions League last term - while Cristiano Ronaldo is one of two Manchester United players featuring.

Ronaldo played 3,221 minutes for United at a cost per minute of £6,6215, with David De Gea proving the best value for money of the top 10 thanks to 46 games and 4,140 minutes played. An ever-present in the league, each of De Gea's playing minutes in 2021/22 equated to £4,710 spent by United.

  Player (club) £ per week Pld Mins £ per minute
1 Lionel Messi (PSG) 960,000 34 2,872 17,381
2 Neymar (PSG) 606,000 28 2,328 13,536
3 Oscar (Shanghai Port) 540,000 22 1,854 15,124
4 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 528,000 7 290 94,677
5 Kylian Mbappe (PSG) 410,000 46 3,912 5,449
6 Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) 385,000 39 3,221 6,215
7 Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 385,000 45 3,338 5,997
8 Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) 381,000 23 903 21,940
9 Philippe Coutinho (Barca/Villa) 380,000 35 1,946 10,154
10 David De Gea (Man Utd) 375,000 46 4,140 4,710

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