The Goal Rich List 2013
50. Alessandro Nesta (Montreal Impact) - £16m
Alessandro Nesta’s trophy-laden decade with AC Milan came to an end in 2012 as the defender agreed an 18-month contract with Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact.
The Italian was released by Milan following 10 prolific seasons during which time he won two Champions Leagues and two Serie A titles, establishing himself as one of the world’s best defenders.
Prior to joining Milan he spent a total of 17 years with Lazio, where he won Serie A, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup. The Rome-based side sold him for £26 million in 2002.
Nesta also collected 78 caps for his country and was part of the Italy side that lifted the World Cup in 2006.
In Canada, the 36-year-old is banking £3,500 a week, with the possibility of a further £28,000 in bonuses, but during his 10 years with the Rossoneri he earned in the region of £55-60,000 a week plus bonuses and enjoyed major sponsorship deals with the likes of Adidas. He was also a major earner in a successful Lazio side.
Nesta owns two luxury properties in Miami worth £1.25m, said to be his favourite holiday destination, along with property in Italy.