2nd highest paid footballer, Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona

2. Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona
Reported salary: £645,000-a-week
The Argentine maestro earns over £600,000-a-week, but, like Ronaldo, sacrifices 52% of it in tax, ending up with just under £300,000 each week. He and Ronaldo are streaks ahead of the rest of the field in terms of their club salary.