Football Italians, who know how to spend their money, are not impressed by the rising cost of players, but they are also less worried about the money coming in than the prices of the players themselves.
As of Tuesday, AC Milan, Juventus and Lazio are among the top 20 earners, while AC Milan’s president, Silvio Berlusconi, earns the third-highest pay of any club in the league, with a reported salary of around $5 million a year.
The most expensive Serie A player is Andrea Barzagli, who is worth around $7 million a season, while he is the highest paid Serie A defender, Andrea Pirlo, who earns $2.8 million a month.
The other top earners are Juventus’ Giuseppe Marotta, who makes $1.4 million a week, and Lazaro Baldini, who has a reported pay of $1 million a day.
The highest paid player in the Italian league is Mario Mandzukic, who receives $3 million a game.
The highest paid players in the Premier League are all top earners, with Arsenal’s Petr Cech and Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand both making more than £30 million a-year, with Cech a record signing for United.
But for many Italian football fans, the most-expensive players are the ones who don’t make it to the first team.
Pep Guardiola has been the most successful manager in the history of the Premier Leagues, with Barcelona winning the Champions League in 2014-15.
But the club’s most expensive player is Barcelona midfielder Neymar, who earned just over $100 million in 2015.
Barcelona have already signed Neymar’s agent, Jorge Mendes, who also owns Manchester United and Real Madrid.
But the biggest pay-day for many is the departure of Diego Costa, who signed for £40 million from Atletico Madrid last summer.