Ranked: Top 10 best paid footballers in Europe as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lead the way

A rundown of the top 10 footballers in Europe who are getting paid the most per month for their endeavours on the pitch

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Lionel Messi is the best paid footballer in the world.

That is according to a new survey undertaken by French newspaper L'Equipe that found that the Barcelona forward tops the list for most money earned over a month.

His total of £7.3 million (Dh34.7m) puts him ahead of arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo, with Atletico Madrid's Antonie Griezmann in third.

Have a look at the top 10 in the gallery above. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.