Top 10 highest-paid players: League-by-league guide; Lionel Messi first & Manchester United transfer target fourth

In moving to FenerbahceRobin van Persie has become the highest-paid player in Turkish football, and Telegraph Sport have released a list of the best paid stars in each of the major European leagues.

In this feature, we run down the top ten, giving their annual salary in brackets.

Some of these results may surprise you, including number 10…

10) Belgium – Steven Defour (£1m)

Steven Defour Anderlecht Standard Liege

The midfielder earns a reported £1 million a year with Anderlecht, which was probably why Defour risked the wrath of the Standard Liege supporters with this transfer.

9) Scotland – Craig Gordon (£2m)

Craig Gordon Celtic

Sunderland paid a British club-record fee for a goalkeeper to sign Gordon for £9 million in 2007. Numerous injuries marred his time in England and he’s now the highest-paid player in Scotland, earning a cool £2 million per year.

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