The Real Footie Analyst

The World’s Top 10 Best-Paid Goalkeepers

David-de-Gea210. Salvatore Sirigu – £50,000-a-week

The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper made his name at Palermo in Serie A but has spent his international career in Gigi Buffon’s shadow. However, in three title-winning seasons in France he has proven he is ready to be Italy number one and perhaps earn a pay rise too.

9. Marc-Andre ter Stegen – £55,000-a-week

The 22-year-old German has had a hugely successful if rather bizarre season. He played all the cup games – but none in the league – in a treble-winning campaign with Barcelona and is now keeping goal for Germany Under-21s at the European Championship. Clearly destined for big things.

8. David De Gea – £55,000-a-week

Perhaps the reason for De Gea’s mooted move to Real Madrid is a pay hike, with the Manchester United number one on a measly £55k-per-week salary at present. Madrid would presumably up that significantly.

7. Gianluigi Buffon – £60,000-a-week

The ever-dependable Buffon actually took a hefty €2m-a-year pay cut back in 2012 so that he could see his career out at Juventus, and his continued form last year earned him a contract extension to 2017.

6. Hugo Lloris – £70,000-a-week

The fact that Lloris has not already left Spurs makes a little more sense when you see his salary, but there is no doubting he is worth every penny. Expected to be made club captain next season, he would be fiendishly hard to replace – although Manchester United’s interest in him is genuine enough.

joe-hart5. Petr Cech – £100,000-a-week

Arsenal are ready to make Cech the highest-paid goalkeeper in their history by matching his £100,000 weekly salary at Chelsea. Given their problems trying to replace Jens Lehmann, Arsene Wenger should consider it money well spent.

4. Manuel Neuer – £110,000-a-week

The best goalkeeper on the planet, yes, but interestingly not nearly the highest paid. Manuel Neuer wowed the world the world in Brazil last summer and even came third in last year’s Ballon D’or.

3. Joe Hart – £120,000-a-week

Hart signed a bumper new deal at Manchester City last December, making him the third highest-paid goalkeeper on the planet. It will – presumably – mean he is at City for the majority of his career.

2. Victor Valdes – £150,000-a-week

Valdes had agreed a huge deal at Monaco before suffering a terrible knee injury that saw the French side change their mind and allow him to join Manchester United. United only pay a portion of his wages, but he remains on a handsome wage courtesy of Monaco nonetheless.

iker-casillas1. Iker Casillas – £165,00-a-week

Casillas remains the best-paid goalkeeper on the planet, and deserves credit for winning his number one spot back after Jose Mourinho took it away from him. One of the most decorated keepers of all time, it will take a long time for Real Madrid to find a more iconic keeper.

Source: Telegraph

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