Asamoah Gyan has lost his place as the highest paid football player in China after the summer arrivals of club mate Hulk and the Italian international Graziano Pelle.
The Black Stars captain sampled the boom of Chinese football early with a lucrative deal and while he still gets paid handsomely he is no longer the leader of the pay pack.
Gyan, who earns a staggering £11.8m a year, is now the 7th highest paid player in the world after Hulk and Pelle bulldozed their way into the top half.
Hulk will receive £16.5m-a-year, making him the third highest paid player in the world and highest in China while Graziano Pelle will receive £12.5m-a-year (sixth most paid player in the world).
Below is the list of the best players in the world
- 1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid: £18m-a-year
- 2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona: £17m-a-year
- 3. Hulk – Shanghai SIPG: £16.5m-a-year
- 4. Neymar – Barcelona: £15m-a-year
- 5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United: £13m-a-year
- 6. Graziano Pelle – Shandong Luneng: £12.5m-a-year
- 7. Asamoah Gyan – Shanghai SIPG: £11.8m-a-year
- 8. Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich: £11.5m a-year
- 9. Ezequiel Lavezzi – Hebai China Fortune: £10.5m a-year
- 10. Jackson Martinez – Guangzhou: £10m-a-year