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Ezequiel Lavezzi revealed as highest paid footballer in the world

Argentinian forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has been revealed as the highest paid footballer in the world, according to recent leaks.

The 32-year-old is earning a reported £798,000 per week at Hebei China Fortune.

That eclipses the £634,000-a-week that Carlos Tevez is making at Shanghai Shenhua, let alone Cristiano Ronaldo’s weekly wage of £424,615 and the £362,480 that Lionel Messi takes home every seven days.

Despite the big paycheck, it took Lavezzi up until only last month to score his first goal in China, following his move at the beginning of 2016.

The striker has made 16 appearances in total, scoring twice and registering nine assists.

Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be set to be the next player to move to the Chinese Super League in the summer.

The Spaniard has talked up a move in the past and nearly moved in January.

However, a move was denied and he fell out with manager Antonio Conte.

Both player and manager eventually made up but it is still very much possible he will be off at the end of the season, especially now that Chelsea have wrapped up the title race.