The 30-year-old midfielder earns 6.5 million euros net per year, a full million more than the second-highest earner - Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain - and 2 million more than his Giallorossi skipper Francesco Totti.
Serie A's lack of financial pull is well reflected by the figures, which were published by La Gazzetta dello Sport. Only 12 players across the country earn in excess of 4 million euros per year, compared to 13 members of Chelsea's squad who are reported to earn the same figure.
|SERIE A MONEY | Italy's highest earners|
||Daniele De Rossi
No player from Italy's top division comes close to ranking in Europe's top 10 earners, with De Rossi's wage packet dwarfed by the continent's top earners. Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Monaco counterpart Radamel Falcao are each quoted to earn 14 million euros after tax, while Lionel Messi takes home 13 million from his Barcelona contract. Gareth Bale's new deal at Real Madrid ranks him only ninth in Europe's top earners.
Some notably low-earners include Juventus wonderkid Paul Pogba (€1m), Lazio's Italy regular Antonio Candreva (€900,000), Napoli wing back Juan Zuniga (€800,000) and Fiorentina dribbling sensation Juan Cuadrado (€600,000).