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Champions League: These are the 25 highest paid players for this season in this competition

The Champions League is back last week and Europe’s most elite race has started with surprise.

Liverpool and Chelsea suffered losses to Naples and Valencia, while Paris Saint-Germain beat Barcelona’s Real Madrid and tied with Borussia Dortmund.

Juventus and Atletico Madrid also played 2-2.

Every year, the best players in the world compete in the Champions League – and of course, many head to the big salaries too.

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But who are the highest paid players in this season’s race?

Below you find a list of 25 players and their annual salaries – based on data from Capology.

List from 25th to 1st place
25 – Gonzalo Higuain – £ 12.29m

24 – Thomas Muller – £ 13.23 million

23 – Manuel Neuer – £ 13.27 million

22 – Robert Lewandowski – £ 14.1m

21 – Karim Benzema – £ 14.63m

20 – James Rodriguez – £ 14.69 million

19 – Thiago Silva – £ 14.8m

18 – Edinson Cavani – £ 16.3 million

17 – Luke Modric – £ 16.48 million

16 – Kylian Mbappe – £ 16.49 million

15 – Marcelo – £ 17.7m

14 – Tony Kroos – £ 17.7m

13 – Sergio Ramos – £ 17.7m

12 – Kevin de Bruyne – £ 18.2m

11 – Luka Jovic – £ 18.4m

10 – Frenkie de Jong – £ 18.41 million

9 – Jan Oblak – £ 18.41 million

8 – Luis Suarez – £ 20.71 million

7 – Philippe Coutinho – £ 21.68 million

6- Gareth Bale – £ 24.72m

5 – Eden Hazard – £ 27.7m

4 – Neymar – £ 32.48 million

3 – Antoine Griezmann – £ 40.53 million

2 – Cristiano Ronaldo – £ 50.8m

1 – Lionel Messi – £ 62.6m

(Salaries are also presented with the payroll taxes the clubs pay)

Messi and Ronaldo command the highest salaries in the race – which is fair.

But there are also young stars like Jovic and De Jong who are high on the list. Real Madrid and Barca are at the forefront of spending in this regard.

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However, not a single player from Liverpool’s Champions League winning squad is among the highest paid in the competition.

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