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2 former Newcastle stars make new list of World’s best paid French sportsmen

4 years ago

On the pitch, Moussa Sissoko might have had a nightmare move after Newcastle cashed £30m for him 18 months ago, but financially he is laughing.

Only 20 Premier League starts and only two in the last nine weeks for Spurs, the midfielder isn’t exactly a key player for Mauricio Pochettino.

However, L’Equipe have revealed a list of the 30 highest paid French sports people in the World and Moussa Sissoko is sitting pretty.

They have Sissoko at number 28, with earnings of €6.8m (£6m) in 2017, mostly made up of his wages from Tottenham.

However, he is some way behind the top earner, with Paul Pogba €22.2m (£19.5m), the midfielder said to be on £290,000 per week at Man Utd, as well as having a £4m a year contract with Adidas. L’Equipe also say that massive bonuses from Man U also helped, particularly winning the Europa League/qualifying for Champions League.

Another former Newcastle player to feature is Hatem Ben Arfa.

Used almost exclusively as a substitute by PSG last season, Hatem only started five Ligue 1 matches.

However, this season the winger has turned into a very expensive mistake for PSG, who have completely sidelined him.

Not included in a single squad this season, Ben Arfa still makes it into the list as the 21st highest earning French sportsperson, with earnings of €7.4m (£6.5m) in 2017.

The L’Equipe Top 30 Highest Paid French Sports Personalities in 2017 (total earnings from all revenue streams):

1 | Paul Pogba (football): €22.2m

2 | Tony Parker (basketball): €19.7m

3 | Antoine Griezmann (football): €19.1m

4 | Nicolas Batum (basketball): €18.9m

5 | Karim Benzema (football): €16.3m

6 | Joakim Noah (basketball): €16.1m

7 | Evan Fournier (basketball): €15.2m

8 | Ian Nahinmi (basketball): €14m

9 | Franck Ribery (football): €13.9m

10 | Ousmane Dembele (football): €10.7m

11 | Kylian Mbappe (football): €10.6m

12 | Aymeric Laporte (football): €9.9m

13 | Blaise Matuidi (football): €9.6m

13 | Raphael Varane (football): €9.6m

15 | Sebastien Ogier (car racing): €9.5m

16 | N’Golo Kante (football): €7.9m

17 | Morgan Schneiderlin (football): €7.7m

18 | Bafetimbi Gomis (football): €7.5m

18 | Hugo Lloris (football): €7.5m

18 | Samir Nasri (football): €7.5m

21 | Hatem Ben Arfa (football): €7.4m

21 | Dimitri Payet (football): €7.4m

21 | Corentin Tolisso (football): €7.4m

24 | Kevin Gameiro (football): €7.2m

25 | Olivier Giroud (football): €6.9m

25 | Alexandre Lacazette (football): €6.9m

25 | Anthony Modeste (football): €6.9m

28 | Moussa Sissoko (football): €6.8m

29 | Geoffrey Kondogbia (football): €6.4m

30 | Anthony Martial (football): €6.2m


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