Here are the 7 best paid right-backs in world football.
7. Juanfran – £87,000 a Week
Narrowly edging out Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha and Manchester United’s converted right-back Antonio Valencia to make this seven, it is Spanish international right-back Juanfran. The experienced defender has been an excellent servant for Atletico Madrid since 2011. However, now aged 33, there are just the early signs that he may be beginning to decline as a player, with Šime Vrsaljko having played more games than him so far this season.
6. Stephan Lichtsteiner – £89,000 a Week
Although Stephan Lichtsteiner is a player renowned for his versatility, the 34-year-old is predominantly a right-back. Captain of the Swiss national team, Lichtsteiner has been playing in Italy for a decade now, and is currently in his seventh season with Juventus. A six-time Serie A winner, Lichtsteiner is known for his terrific work ethic and lung-busting runs up and down the right flank. His current deal is set to expire in the summer.
5. Cesar Azpilicueta – £90,000 a Week
Cesar Azpilicueta has played more football at left-back and centre-back than right-back in the last few years, but his natural position is still as a right-sided full-back, so he qualifies for this seven. A brilliant defender, Azpilicueta was an inspired signing by Chelsea, costing them just £7 million back in 2012. A really solid and consistent performer anywhere across the backline, Azpilicueta has won a couple of Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, and was named as the Blues Players’ Player of the Year in 2014.
=3. Hector Bellerin – £110,000 a Week
It’s been a bit of a shaky season for 23-year-old Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin. Having broken into the Gunners team in 2014 as a teenager, he earnt a lot of plaudits. But his defending has been questionable at times this season. Bellerin is exceptionally quick, but his positioning can leave a little to be desired. Played as a left sided wing-back this season, that didn’t suit him at all, but he still has the potential to become a top player in his actual position. Capped three times by Spain, Bellerin has previously been linked with Barcelona, but he’s contracted to Arsenal until 2023.
=3. Kyle Walker – £110,000 a Week
Tied with Hector Bellerin making them the two highest paid right-backs in the Premier League, is Manchester City defender Kyle Walker. Another player with searing pace, Walker left Tottenham in the summer in a move thought to be worth around £50 million. He has really flourished under Pep Guardiola, but like so many modern day full-backs, he looks better going forwards than backwards. Still, Walker is a very good player, and you’d be shocked if he didn’t start for England at the World Cup.
2. Dani Carvajal – £142,000 a Week
There’s a big jump up to second place in this seven, and the man in second is Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal. A product of the Real Madrid academy, Carvajal left the club for Bayer Leverkusen in 2012. Thankfully for Los Blancos, they inserted a buy-back clause, and after one impressive season, he returned to the Bernabeu. Now aged 26, Carvajal has matured into one of the best – if not the best – right-back in the world. Quick, alert and tough in the tackle, Carvajal perhaps isn’t as dangerous in the final third as some full-backs, but his all-round game is very good.
1. Dani Alves – £144,000 a Week
From one Dani to another, in top spot is Dani Alves. Arguably the greatest right-back of his generation, some of Alves’ link-up play with Lionel Messi during his 8 years at Barcelona was outstanding. The former Sevilla man made only 19 league appearances for Juventus last season, but he became the best paid right-back in the world when he joined free-spending PSG in the summer. He is now 34 years of age, but he still has good pace and a tremendous appetite for the game. Alves is contracted to the Ligue 1 champions elect until the summer of 2019.