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In the context of the Premier League’s obscenely excessive wealth and continued hoovering up of Europe’s middle class talent, the list makes for very interesting reading.
Roma captain Daniele De Rossi is listed as Serie A’s highest paid player with an annual wage of €6.5m (after tax, while PL wages are listed as gross).
Gonzalo Higuain is ranked 2nd, with €5.5m annual wage, while Paul Pogba and Edin Dzeko are joint third on €4.5m annually.
Comparing these wages with those of the Premier League’s, we get a clear illustration of just the financial clout England now wields over Italy.
A player like Xherdan Shaqiri left Inter Milan for Stoke City this summer, and there’s no arguing that money was a factor.
The Swiss international earns around 60,000 pounds a week at Stoke, which works out at around €4.25m annually – just shy of Pogba and Dzeko’s wages.
So in other words, Stoke can match the salaries of Serie A’s top clubs.
Let alone the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Also, this chart showing some youth academy stats