Dan Carter would take 24 years to match Ronaldo’s salary
By Richard Njeru | Fri 25 Sep, 2015 18:11

Rugby’s highest paid player Dan Carter would take more than 24 years to earn what Portuguese and Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo makes in a year.

Ronaldo is the highest earner in world football, making about 33.8 million pounds annually, compared to Carter who will earn 1.4 million pounds a year in his new contract with French club Racing Metro following the World Cup.

According to the Association of Accounting Technicians, Bath and England’s Sam Burgess is the only player in the top ten highest paid rugby players who does not play in France and earns about 500,000 pounds a year.

The astronomical TV deals the world’s best football leagues have with their broadcasters reflect the huge difference in salaries. Last season the English Premier League, one of the richest leagues in the world, agreed a three year deal with Sky and BT worth 5.14 billion pounds.

French top 14 is rugby’s richest league and their last TV deal with TV channel Canal+ was worth just less than 60m pounds a year.

Rugby’s top 4

PLAYER NATIONALITY CLUB YEARLY CLUB SALARY(Pounds) YEARS MATCH TO RONALDO
Dan Carter New Zealand Racing metro 92 1,400,000 24
Matt Giteau Australia Toulon 900,000 37
Leigh Halfpenny Wales Toulon 600,000 56
Sam Burgess England Bath 500,000 67

Football’s top 4

PLAYER NATIONALITY CLUB YEARLY CLUB SALARY (POUNDS)
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid 33,800,000
Lionel Messi Argentina Barcelona 33,540,000
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden PSG 21,320,000
Gareth Bale Wales Real Madrid 16,640,000

 

Source: stuff.co.nz

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