DIEGO SIMEONE will become LaLiga's highest paid individual should Lionel Messi depart Barcelona this summer.
Argentina international Messi put in a transfer request after his club's humiliating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich.
Manchester City are favourites to secure the 33-year-old's services, though Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be interested.
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Unsurprisingly, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner currently boasts the biggest salary in the Spanish top-flight.
According to AS, Messi rakes in £44.8million-per-year, which equates to a staggering £816,000-a-week.
And Simeone is second in the salary ranking, with the news outlet claiming the Atletico Madrid manager earns £21.5m-per-year.
The 50-year-old pockets a whopping £413,000-a-week at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Simeone – who has been at the helm of Atletico since 2011 – is also the world's highest-paid manager.
After Simeone, Real Madrid gaffer Zinedine Zidane is next on the list, with it claimed he is on £18.8m-per-year.
Barcelona duo Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann then follow, with the pair both said to be on £17.9m-a-year.
Los Blancos forwards Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale are next up, with the two reportedly earning £15.2m-a-year.
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