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Report: The Most Overpaid Players In Football

Report: The Most Overpaid Players In Football

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By David Kappel - Aug 02, 2017 07:15 PM @kappilinho

A recent study looked into who the most overpaid players in football are, and one of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo topped the ranking. Find out who here!

Click through the gallery above to see who the most overpaid players in football are, according to a study.

The research, involving 6 802 players, was conducted by professor Lior Shamir and doctor Lara Yaldo of the Lawrence Technological University, Michigan.

For the study, the salaries of the 6 802 players were compared to 55 attributes that reflect the player's set of skills and performances from last season.

"The most underpaid players are Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Bernardo Silva (Monaco), and Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), while the most overpaid among the 6 802 players, based solely on their football skills, are Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), and Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce)," professor Shamir explained in an article published in the International Journal of Computer Science in Sport and cited by the Daily Mirror.

"The wage of a football player is a function of numerous aspects such as the player's skills, performance in the previous seasons, age, trajectory of improvement, personality, and more.

"Analysis of underpaid and overpaid players shows that overpaid players tend to be stronger, but are inferior in their reactions, vision, acceleration, agility, and balance compared to underpaid football players."

The researchers highlighted that factors such as image rights and merchandise sales, which are massive income streams for clubs, were not considered as part of the study.

According to the research, Messi is the most overpaid player in the game. The Argentine is understood to pocket weekly wages of €550 000 (R8.6 million) at FC Barcelona, while the researchers insisted he should only get €243 333 (R3.8 million) based on his skill set. This means he is overpaid by a whopping €306 667 (R4.8 million) a week, according to the study.

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Di Maria, meanwhile, is said to be overpaid by €171 026 (R2.7 million) and Van Persie by €148 572 (R2.3 million). Players such as Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho and Isco are also among the 12 most overpaid players, according to the study.

Click through the gallery above to see the 12 most overpaid players, according to the study, and let us know whether you agree with its findings.


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Aug 12, 2017 06:00 AM
Where is penaldo
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Ambzo Joined: 01 Jun 2017
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Ambzo Aug 05, 2017 11:13 AM
Some of the players you mentioned are actually doing good for their respective teams so that cannot be described as overpayment they deserve what their getting take messi out of that list what he did for barca is enough to last him for the remaining years of his career,who did this research? Very pathetic.
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Ambzo Aug 05, 2017 11:13 AM
Some of the players you mentioned are actually doing good for their respective teams so that cannot be describe overpayment they deserve the what they getting take messi out of that list what he did for barca is enough to last him for the remaining years of his career,who did this research? Very pathetic.
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Ambzo Aug 05, 2017 11:13 AM
Some of the players you mentioned are actually doing good for their respective teams so that cannot be describe overpayment they deserve the what they getting take messi out of that list what he did for barca is enough to last him for the remaining years of his career,who did this research? Very pathetic.
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Trebleboys Aug 04, 2017 04:49 PM
And the most overpaid Journalist Is David Kappel = R10 000 overpaid by R5000.
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Binda_Bucks1 Aug 04, 2017 07:49 AM
Hmm
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Pulevanbucs Aug 03, 2017 02:09 PM
Casemiro+luka modric are Under-Payed... While Rakitic+AndreSilva are Over_Payed #VanBucs11
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Tedd Aug 03, 2017 11:43 AM
This research is so untrue, if bale was among these overpaid players maybe I would believe the credibility of this survey, and the fact that they look at a handful attributes of a player I smell prejudice or should I say the whole university is anti- messi.
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jona_1@crossbones Aug 03, 2017 10:14 AM
Ok, I think they know now...(Messi Followers)
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Fofana-Samba Aug 03, 2017 09:50 AM
Let us be honest. It is inflated. Like I said, no player in the PSL is worth R 5 000 000.00.
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MOKOKOTLO Aug 03, 2017 09:34 AM
this article is totally American, hatred directed at the spanish league i mean i do not see an enlish player on the list - rooney, oxlain-chamberlain, sturrigde and many more
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Triggermental Aug 03, 2017 09:14 AM
Pogba's earning 290,000 but I don't see him and Neymar is earning good as well so
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Chiefsman Aug 03, 2017 09:11 AM
i smell a hatred though thts none of your business is not ur money. i thnk u should do wt you are paid to do nawe ur been over paid. monthly salary R8000 over paid R4000. stay in ur lane player
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela Aug 03, 2017 09:02 AM
Ok
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ClvaWaBarKhosi Aug 03, 2017 08:47 AM
Who comes up with these things, how can someone so talented be overpaid?
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salathiso Aug 03, 2017 08:36 AM
Where is Ronaldo here?
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Tullkitt Aug 03, 2017 05:22 AM
The irony of it all, is that the americans were indifferent towards soccer(in favor of baseball, rugby, basketball etc) all along only recently soccer is getting its fair share of recognition.Had this nonsense emanated somewhere in Eruope it would've given it some modicum of credence.
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Tullkitt Aug 03, 2017 05:14 AM
This surprise me not is only normal that such rubbish is concocted somewhere in america.Typical american arogance of knowing-it-all really disgusting to say the least.Before Im accused of being a threat to USA lemme state uncategorically that Im not a terrorist.
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Ggolide Aug 03, 2017 03:17 AM
These wages are ridiculous how can someone get half a million in a week. I support Barca but this is ridiculous
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mathemagician Aug 03, 2017 12:29 AM
where is cristiano. surely off messi is overpaid so is ronaldo

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