The 2 highest paid soccer players in the world are now in...

The 2 highest paid soccer players in the world are now in the Chinese Super League

Real Madrid and Barcelona’s stars are no longer on top of the world. Carlos Tevez and Oscar make more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The Chinese Super League’s aggressive growth is only accelerating this year. Carlos Tevez is heading to Shanghai Shenhua, where he’s expected to make nearly $40 million per year. Oscar, moving to rivals Shanghai SIPG, will take in a reported $26 million in base salary. That’s just a hair more than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Gareth Bale make.

Ronaldo and Messi are both likely to make more than Oscar and Tevez when endorsements are factored in, though who knows what kind of new Asian endorsements Oscar and Tevez’s moves will bring. One has to wonder how big of a salary Ronaldo or Messi could demand if they made a move to China.