The highest earning player in Serie A might surprise you 4 years ago

The highest earning player in Serie A might surprise you

How are the likes of Fernando Torres, Micah Richards and Ashley Cole doing compared to their new colleagues in the Italian top flight...

The decline of the Serie A has been one of the main talking points in European Football over the past few seasons. The Italian league was once the first choice for top footballers to ply their trade but now it's arguably the fourth biggest in Europe behind the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga.

The decline in standards has also seen a drop in the amount of wages clubs in Italy can pay players these days and Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport have released exactly what every player in Serie A is earning and there are some pretty startling figures.

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Paul Pogba, who is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe, is paid €23,000 per week by Juventus which makes him the 15th highest earner at the club. Ashley Cole is the eighth-highest earner at Roma, raking in €2.3m per year. Bear in mind that both of those figures, as with all figures released by Gazzetta, are after tax.

Micah Richards' surprise move to Fiorentina will see him pocket €1.7m every 12 months while Fernando Torres is now the biggest earner at AC Milan on €4m per year.

The highest paid player in the league is Roma midfielder Daniele Di Rossi. The Italian international is paid €6.5m, which is a cool million more than the second highest earner, Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain.

Here's a run through what the top earners at each club in Serie A rake in (per year after tax):

Atalanta - German Denis (€1.2m)
Cagliari - Daniele Conti (€0.8m)
Cesena - Guido Marilungo (€0.4m)
Chievo - Alberto Paloschi (€0.7m)
Empoli - Francesco Tavano (€0.3m)
Fiorentina - Mario Gomez (€4.25m)
Genoa - Alessandro Matri (€1m)
Inter - Nemanja Vidic (€3.2m)
Juventus - Carlos Tevez (€4.5m)
Lazio - Miroslav Klose (€2m)
Milan - Fernando Torres (€4m)
Napoli - Gonzalo Higuain (€5.5m)
Palermo - Stefano Sorrentino (€0.9m)
Parma - Antonio Cassano (€1.5m)
Roma - Daniele De Rossi (€6.5m)
Sampdoria - Sergio Romero (€1.7m)
Sassuolo - Domenico Berardi (€1.1m)
Torino - Fabio Quagliarella (€0.75m)
Udinese - Arturo Di Napoli (€1.3m)
Verona - Luca Toni (€1m)

Click here to check out what ever player in Serie A earns every year after tax.