Striking it rich

Apart from their exceptional ability on the field, what do the world’s highest paid footballers have in common? As football clubs in Europe, China and the US pump more money into player recruitment, the six-figure weekly salary may no longer be the rarity it once was, but for now at least, it remains an indicator of the game’s most prized players. We've compared the geographical backgrounds, physical characteristics, playing styles and club information of each footballer earning €100,000+ per week, to see what makes a top flight player.

The research is presented by Axo Finans, a Norwegian finance broker that offers personal loans and debt consolidation.