Graziano Pelle Is Now The Sixth Highest Paid Player – If anyone wondered by Graziano Pelle left Southampton for the Chinese Super League, the answer is a whole lot of money.
The Italian striker signed for Chinese side Shandong Luneng last week, and he reportedly signed a bumper contract worth £260,000 per week. The deal makes him the highest paid Italian ever, and he currently sits comfortably in the top 10 of the highest earning footballers today.
Only Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Shanghai SIPG’s Hulk and Barcelona’s Neymar earn more money than Pelle.
The Chinese Super League has been offering huge contracts to European stars in order to get them to come over, and so far it’s been working, with players like Ramires and Jackson Martinez all quitting Europe for big pay outs.