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Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014 – 2015

Francesco Totti (Roma) earns almost three times less than the highest paid player at his club. And he is none other than Daniele de Rossi. Juventus star Paul Pogba is only his club’s 15th highest paid player. Though he is easily acclaimed one of the highly sought after players in World soccer.

Since its inaugural 1929-30 season, Serie A has been operating for over 80 years. In the 1990’s, Serie A was considered the best club football league in Europe as well as in the world. In the mid-2000 scenario changed quite a bit.

The top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A are made up entirely of stars from five clubs. These are the most famous clubs in Italy as well as in Europe Football.

  • AS Roma
  • Juventus
  • AC Milan
  • Napoli and
  • Fiorentina

Another point to be noticed in this top 10 list, only three of these highest paid footballers are of Italian origin.

Nemanja Vidic from the famous club Inter Milan just narrowly misses out the top 10 highest paid soccer player list in Serie A. he earns an estimated total wages €3.2m per year from Inter Milan. While there, Inter’s lowest paid player is Donker, who earns only €0.06m per year. Still, it’s not that less for a 19-year old footballer.

Previously named top level teams have taken Italian Serie A across Europe. They have been competing with other top teams over the years to produce the highest number of European Cup finalists. Again the very prestigious Ballon d’Or has been awarded to more players playing for Serie A clubs than any other football league in the world football.

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Being one of the most watched and highly anticipated leagues in the world of club football, Serie A have to accomplish sheer competition within the league. Most of the top clubs in Serie A have been paying their players high salaries to open gates for their successful careers. We can consider this wages competition as an offering for experience and greater footballing platform overall.

These highly paid football talents have been remunerated for their unbelievable skill and passion on the pitch.

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A:

Without further ado, we are here listing up the top 10 highest paid footballers in Serie A for the 2014/2015 session. Hopefully the list makes for very interesting reading. Undoubtedly some stars here may seem under or overly paid. The top 10 highest paid soccer players are listed here according to the Italian daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport wages report:

10. Nigel de Jong

 

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014, nigel de jong, ac milan midfielder, dutch
Nigel de Jong ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Present club: AC Milan

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €3.5 million per year

Nigel de Jongis a Dutch professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Serie A Club AC Milan and Netherland National Football team. As a youngster he joined the Ajax Youth Academy. It worked in his way through the ranks to make the first team at age 17. He made his international debut in 2004. Moreover, notably he achieved his World Cup runners-up medal in 2010.

Nigel De Jong moved on from Ajax in 2006. He joined Hamburg in search of first team football and then moved to Manchester City in January 2009. He became a very important part of City with an estimated £18 million transfer fees. Then he moved to Italian side Ac Milan in August 2012.

De Jong is considered as a great tireless grafter of his time. Probably he had been successfully garnering a reputation of being a combative and feisty player in his performances. “The Terrier” nicknamed player earns an estimated total wages of €3.5 million per year. And listed as the 10th of top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014/2015.

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9. Andrea Pirlo

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014, Andrea Pirlo, italian midfielder, juventus star
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 Present club: Juventus

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €3.5 million per year

It has been always said, Andrea Pirlo is quite simply the best midfielder Italy has ever seen. Previously ever, no midfielders have been more important to his teams on the field.

In the year 2002, when he came into his own, he became the engine that made Milan go. Even after, it was his play and his leadership that turned a Juventus team that had finished seventh the year before his arrival into an unbeaten champion. Unfancied Italian team also won the 2006 World Cup and 2012 Euro Runners-up only depending on him. What happens without him, we can easily figure out from the 2010 World Cup finals.

Perhaps, Pirlo has it all, fantastic passing, incredible vision, pinpoint accuracy in delivering set pieces, the ability to drop a long ball on a dime and one of the best free kick strokes in the game.

Andrea Pirlo’s trophy case probably reflects the impact he’s had on his teams. With Champions League title twice, last year he was named Serie A Player of the Year and was the only man not playing in Spain to be named to the UEFA Team of the Year.

Achievement just adds to the pile of evidence that no Italian has ever matched Pirlo in the middle of the field. This all-time Italian great is now at no. 9th of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014. He has an estimated earnings of €3.5 million per year from Juventus.

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8. Philippe Mexes

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014, Philippe Mexes , ac milan star, centre back
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 Present club: AC Milan

Position: Centre back

Earnings: €4 million per year

Philippe Mexes is a French International who plays as a Centre back for Ac Milan and also for the France National Team.

Mexes started his youth career at Auxerre at the age of 12. Then he was signed to a four-year contract by AS Roma in june 2004. As his previous club didn’t agrre to the transfer, Roma was found guilty. But it was solely the decision of the player. On 10 May 2011, AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani stated the completion of a transfer for Philippe Mexes.

Mexes played for the Under-18 and Under-21France National Teams. He was also awarded the membership of the senior team of UEFA Euro 2012 competition. The talented Centre back earns around €4 million per year from AC Milan. He is presently considered the 8th highest paid footballer in Serie A.

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7. Fernando Torres

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Present club: AC Milan

Position: Striker

Earnings: €4 million per year

Fernando Torres is a Spanish professional soccer player who plays for Italian club AC Milan on loan from English club Chelsea and Spain National Team as a striker.

Fernando Torres started his career with Spanish Club Atletico Madrid. Primarily he joined their youth system and naturally progressed to the first team squad. Torres made his first team team debut in 2001. And finished the La Liga having scored 75 goals in 174 appearances.

Then he joined English Premier League Club Liverpool in 2007. That was a record transfer fee. Probably he was the second player for Anfield to score more than 20 league goals in a season after Robbie Fowler. Torres left the club in January 2011 to join Chelsea for a record British transfer fee of £50 million. He was certainly named the most expensive Spanish player in history. Finally he is taken to the Italian big fish AC Milan on loan. Now a time he is accepted as the 7th of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A with more than €4 million per year.

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6. Arturo Vidal

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014, Arturo Vidal, juventus midfielder
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 Present club: Juventus

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €4 million per year

Arturo Vidal Pardo is a Chilean International who plays as a midfielder for Italian Club Juventus and the Chile National Team. He must be the remarkable versatile player bof his age who played several different defensive and midfield roles in his early career. Eventually he found his position at Juventus as a box-to-box midfielder capable of assisting his teammates, both attack and defense.

He was nicknamed “The Warrior” for his hard-tackling and aggressive, tenacious style of play, by the Italian press. He is quite a complete midfielder, famous for his positioning, marking, anticipation and tackling. Vidal is also gifted with technique, stamina and pace.

Probably, due to his strength and physical characteristics, he is also very much effective in the air. And all these qualities have enabled him to become one of the highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014. His total wages are about €4 million per year from Juventus.

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5. Gianluigi Buffon

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014 , Gianluigi Buffon , goalkeeper, juventus,italian captain
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Present club: Juventus

Position: Goalkeeper

Earnings: €4 million per year

One of the most prolific and talented goalkeepers of our time. May be for all time. Gianluigi Buffon captains and plays for the Italian national team as well as the Italian giants Juventus.

The 35-year-old Buffon is renowned for his outstanding shot-stopping techniques and great on-field capabilities to guide and motivate his teammates to success. Undoubtedly Buffon is the record appearance holder for the Italian national team. Buffon has received the highest number of “Goalkeeper of the Year” awards with a total of 9.

Perhaps he is the only goalkeeper to have won the “UEFA Club Footballer of the Year Award”. He is also named the “Goalkeeper of the 21st Century” by IFFHS. Buffon joined Juventus from Italian side Parma in 2001 for a €54.2 million transfer fee. His €4 million salary per year and contract will at least keep him till 2015 in Juventus. Now a time he is the 5th highest paid footballer in Italian League (Serie A).

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4. Mario Gomez

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014, Mario Gomez , fiorentina star, German striker
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Present club: Fiorentina

Position: Striker

Earnings: €4.25 million per year

 Arsen Wenger described once

 “A great finisher who is often in the right place to finish off moves”

 Undoubtedly Mario Gomez had already proven his words correct during his successful spells at both Stuttgart and Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old striker currently plays as a striker for both the German National Team and Serie A side Fiorentina. Gomez was awarded the “German Footballer of the Year” in 2007. He was also selected as the “Top Goal scorer in Bundesliga” in 2011.

Mario joined Fiorentina after four successful seasons with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in July 2013. For a transfer fee of around €20 million, Mario Gomez signed a four-year deal with Fiorentina. Presently Gomez is the 4th of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A for 2014/2015 session. He has an estimated total wages of €4.25 million per year.

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3. Carlos Tevez

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014 , Carlos Tevez , juventus striker, argentine
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 Present club: Juventus

Position: Forward

Earnings: €4.5 million per year

Carlos Tevez is an Argentine indispensable player with a high level of energy and goal scoring rate. Tevez currently plays for Italian club Juventus and the Argentina National Team. He joined the Italian giants in June, 2013 on a three-year contract.

The 29-year-old had previously played for Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham United, Manchester United and Manchester City. He won the “South American Footballer of the Year” award in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Again the “Player of the Year of Argentina” award in 2003 and 2004 was given to none other than Carlos Tevez.

The highly skillful and influential striker also won the Olympic Golden Boot in 2004 with Argentina and the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2010-11 season with Manchester City. Tevez has a yearly salary of €4.5 million from Juventus. And considered as the 3rd most paid footballer in Serie A.

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2. Gonzalo Higuain

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014, Gonzalo Higuain , napoli striker, argentine international
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Present club: Napoli

Position: Striker

Earnings: €5.5 million per year

Gonzalo Higuain is an Argentine International who plays both in Italian side Napoli and Argentina National Team as a striker. He is renowned for his great striking ability and his speed in the last third of the pitch.

Higuain started his professional footballing career in River Plate. And then he had signed with Real Madrid for a transfer fee of €10 million. During his seven-season spell at Madrid, Higuain scored 107 goals in 190 appearances. There were also notable 39 assists which made him unparalleled.

In July 2013, Higuain joined the Italian giants for a record transfer fee of £34.5 million. The five year contract will keep him in Italy till 2018. The 25-year old is given a yearly wages of about €5.5 million, which in turn makes him the 2nd of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A.

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1. Daniele de Rossi

Top 10 highest paid soccer players in Serie A 2014 , daniele de rossi, italian superstar, midfielder, roma star
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Present club: AS Roma

Position: Midfielder

Earnings: €6.5 million per year

Soccer world unarguably recognizes Daniele De Rossi as “complete midfielder”. It is because of his exceptional tackling, passing, strength and shooting capabilities. De Rossi is an Italian International who also plays for the Italian club AS Roma.

The 30-year old is nicknamed “Capitan Futuro”. Being Roma’s vice-captain, he is predicted by many to be the probable heir to Francesco Totti’s captain armband. Probably De Rossi is another versatile plyer of his age. He had played both defense and attack during his footballing career.

De Rossi had won “Serie A Young Footballer of the Year” award in 2006 and the “Italian Footballer of the Year” award in 2009. He had signed a 5-year contract with Roma in February, 2012. Undoubtedly he is the highest paid soccer player in Serie A with a yearly wages of about €6.5 million. It is more often said in Italian League football that no one earns more than AS Roma’s Daniele De Rossi.

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Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time

Serie A is a professional football league competition. Top Italian football clubs take part in Serie A, where they prove themselves to be the best. Serie A has been operating since the season of 1929-30. The football competition has been responsible for producing a number of great players since the beginning. Serie A has become one of the best football leagues in the world. In fact, the league was considered the best football league in the world in the 90’s. The Serie A players are notably the best in footwork, some for their goal-keeping performance, and some for their goal-scoring abilities.

Sporty Ghost have enlisted the top 10 footballers as the Serie A top goal scorers of all time in Italian history. So, let’s take a look and most importantly don’t forget to give us your valuable comments.

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time:

10. Alessandro Del Piero, 188

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Alessandro Del Piero
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Italian footballer Alessandro Del Piero plays as a deep-lying forward for the team. He is currently playing in Indian Super League for the team Delhi Dynamos FC. His Italian Serie A career has been flourished by 188 goals in 478 matches during his time. His club career spanned from 1993 to 2012 with an average of 0.39 goals per Serie A match. Considering the number of goals he scored in Serie A, Alessandro Del Piero is in the 10th place in the list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. Here are some stats of his amazing goal records for different Serie A clubs-

Padova: 1991-1993: 14 matches: 1 goal
Juventus: 1993-2012: 513 matches: 208 goals

During his international football career, between 1995-2008, he netted 27 goals in 91 international appearances.

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9. Giuseppe Signori, 188

Former Italian striker Giuseppe Signori was an important part of Italian team in 1994 FIFA World Cup, where Italy reached the final. He scored a total of 188 goals, same as Del Piero, but in less Serie A matches, 344. During his club career, between 1991 to 2004, Signori had enjoyed much playing in Italian serie A. He scored at an average of 0.55 goals per Serie A match. The reason is very clear, why his name has been inducted at no.9 in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. His Serie A club profile and international records are given below-

Lazio: 1992-1997: 152 matches: 117 goals
Bologna: 1998-2004: 142 matches: 70 goals.
Italy: 1992-1995: 28 matches: 7 goals.

8. Kurt Hamrin, 190

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Kurt Hamrin
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Former Swedish footballer Kurt Hamrin is widely regarded as the finest footballer for his incredible dribbling ability. He is also one of the greatest Swedish footballers of all time sports history. In Italian Serie A, Hamrin scored 190 goals in his 400 appearances during his club career between 1956 and 1971. With an average 0.48 goal record per match, Kurt Hamrin is placed at no. 8 in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. He had a glorious Serie A career by playing in different Italian clubs.

Juventus: 1956-1957: 23 matches: 8 goals
Padova: 1957-1958: 30 matches: 20 goals
Fiorentina: 1958-1967: 289 matches: 150 goals
AC Milan: 1967-1969: 36 matches: 9 goals.
Napoli: 1967-1971: 22 matches: 3 goals

He also played an important part for the Swedish National team, scoring 17 goals in 32 international matches between 1953-1965.

7. Antonio Di Natale, 203

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time , Antonio Di Natale
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Antonio Di Natale is an Italian playmaker who currently plays for Serie A team Udinese as a forward. He was awarded the Serie A Capocannoniere award two times consecutively in 2009/10 and 2010/11 season of serie A. From 2002 till now, Antonio Di Natale has gathered 203 goals in his bag in 414 Serie A matches. He is at no.7 in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. He averaged 0.49 goals per Serie A match during his career. Here are some of his records-

Empoli: 1996-2004: 158 matches: 49 goals
Udinese: 2004- now : 350 matches: 185 goals
Italy: 2002-2012: 42 matches: 11 goals

Antonio is a quick, hardworking and versatile striker with a lethal sharp eye for goal. He is able to play anywhere along the front and better known as a lone striker.

6. Roberto Baggio, 205

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Roberto Baggio
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Roberto Baggio is a technically gifted Italian playmaker and is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. He is not only renowned for his curling free kicks but also for his incredible pace and dribbling. Baggio was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993 and also won the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or the same year. He ended his remarkable Serie A career with 205 goals in 452 appearances between 1985 and 2004. With an average of 0.45 goal per Serie A match, he inducted himself at no. 6 place in the list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. This creative footballer has played for many Italian Serie A club as follows-

Vicenza: 1982-1985: 36 matches: 13 goals
Fiorentina: 1985-1990: 94 matches: 39 goals
Juventus: 1990-1995: 141 matches: 78 goals
Milan: 1995-1997: 51 matches: 12 goals
Bologna: 1997-1998: 30 matches: 22 goals
Internazionale: 1998-2000: 41 matches: 9 goals
Brescia: 2000-2004: 95 matches: 45 goals.
Italy: 1988-2004: 56 matches: 27 goals

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5. José Altafini, 216

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, José Altafini
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Jose Altafini is regarded as one of Italian Serie A’s as well as Milan’s greatest footballers ever. He was the most complete striker of his generation with his well-rounded striking performance. He was quick and strong and a prolific goal scorer all through his footballing career. He held the record for most goals in a single European Cup for more than 50 years untill the record was broken by Lionel Messi. Altafini scored a total of 216 goals in 459 Serie A appearances during his club career between 1958-1976. He stays at 5th place in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time with an average of 0.47 goal per match. He is a hallmark for playing powerful and accurate shots.

AC Milan: 1958-1965: 205 matches: 120 goals
Napoli: 1965- 1972: 180 matches: 71 goals
Juventus: 1972-1976: 74 matches: 25 goals
Brazil: 1957-1958: 8 matches: 4 goals
Italy: 1961-1962: 6 matches: 5 goals.

4. Giuseppe Meazza, 216

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Giuseppe Meazza
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Giuseppe Meazza is widely regarded as the best player of his generation as well as the greatest Italian player of all time. Meazza led Italy to win two consecutive FIFA world cup football, notably in 1934 at home and in 1938 as the captain of Italian team. He won the Golden ball award in 1934 world cup. He is best known for his technical skill and prolific goal-scoring ability. Meazza was often nicknamed as “il genio” (the genius) by the press during his time. He is the second highest goal scorer for the Italian National Team.

Internazionale: 1927-1940: 348 matches: 241 goals
Milan: 1940-1942: 37 matches: 9 goals
Juventus: 1942-1943: 27 matches: 10 goals
Varese: 1944: 20 matches: 7 goals
Internazionale: 1946-1947: 17 matches: 2 goals
Italy: 1930-1939: 53 matches: 33 goals.

3. Gunnar Nordahl, 225

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Gunnar Nordahl
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Gunnar Nordahl is a Swedish professional football player and a former Italian Serie A footballer. He was best known for his spell at AC Milan from 1949 to 1956. During that peroid, Gunnar Nordahl won two Scudetto titles and was awarded Capocannonieri awards more than any other footballer in the history of Italian Serie A. He is best regarded as the greatest Swedish player of all time. With an average 0.77 goals per Serie A match, he is at no. 3 in our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time. He is famous for his pace and attacking football. Here are some stats on his football career.

AC Milan: 1949-1956: 257 matches: 210 goals
Roma: 1956-1958: 34 matches: 15 goals
Sweden: 1942-1948: 33 matches: 43 goals.

2. Francesco Totti, 240

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Francesco Totti
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Francesco Totti is a creative playmaker who is famous for his goal scoring ability and technical skill. He is considered to be one of the best Italian footballers of all time. Being one of the most talented players in his generation, he is Roma’s greatest player ever. He was awarded Oscar del calcio AIC a record 11 times including five Italian Footballer of the Year awards. Totti is the FIFA World Cup winner for Italy in 2006 and Euro finalist in 2000. He is one of the most popular footballers in Europe. He is the 2nd highest goal scorer in Italian Serie A with his one and only club Roma.

Roma: 1992-now: 582 matches: 240 goals.
Italy: 1998-2006: 58 matches: 9 goals

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1. Silvio Piola, 274

Serie A Top Goal Scorers of All time, Silvio Piola
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Silvio Piola is known as a highly prominent football figure is the history of Italian football. He is the greatest striker of his generation. He is the winner of 1938 FIFA World Cup for Italy. The world cup was as remarkable for him as he scored two goals in the final and finished the tournament as the second best player. He is the third in all-time top goal scorers for Italy. Piola is the player we are looking for our list of Serie A top goal scorers of all time.

Lazio: 1934-1943: 227 matches: 143 goals
Juventus: 1945-1947: 57 matches: 26 goals
Italy: 1935-1952: 34 matches: 30 goals.