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Top 15 Overpaid Soccer Players of 2015

Soccer players salaries have been a topic of much debate in recent years. Some argue that all footballers are grossly overpaid, in truth, that is not true. The top players in the world of soccer like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are well-worth their enormous wages. These players make their clubs back what they earn in shirt sales alone, and provide hours of enthralling entertainment which millions watch around the globe.

Footballers wages are no different to any other profession in the sense that it is purely based on supply and demand. Messi, Ronaldo and co are paid what they are because they are the only people on the planet capable of doing what they do. The question marks regarding over-payment then, lies not upon them, but rather those players who do not produce the goods. There are hundreds of footballers who are markedly average yet sit on huge pay packets, some of whom rarely even feature for the first team.

This then, is a list of players whose wages do not run parallel to their contribution to the team. The clubs who employ these players could all get a better service for a less significant outlay than they are currently. There are players from as far apart as Italy, to China, to the U.S., showing that this isn't just a problem with the Premier League, as is so often made out to be the case. Here are the top 15 overpaid soccer players:

15 Steven Fletcher

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14 Hulk

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13 Philippe Mexes

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12 Xavi

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11 Nani

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10 Andy Carroll

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9 Jake Livermore

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8 Fernando Torres

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7 Adel Taarabt

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6 Riccardo Montolivo

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5 Samir Nasri

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4 Jozy Altidore

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3 Radamel Falcao

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2 Dario Conca

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1 Emmanuel Adebayor

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Like many on this list, Togolese forward Emmanuel Adebayor was a tremendous footballer at one time. His ability in the air and on the deck to both create and score goals, made him one of the Premier League's star players with Arsenal in the 2007/08 season. He scored 24 goals that season, finishing as Golden Boot runner-up to Cristiano Ronaldo. A big money move to Manchester City proved a failure, where he scored 15 goals in 34 games, and an equally unsuccessful season on-loan at Real Madrid followed.

Togo's all-time top scorer, with 29 goals, Adebayor joined Tottenham where he had a fine first season, scoring 17 goals. He has faded ever since, scoring only 18 goals in the last three years. Now 31, Adebayor is a long way behind the free-scoring Harry Kane and could well leave Spurs this summer. Despite a full 3 years of producing very little, Adebayor is still earning $170,000 a week. The $26.5 million he has made at Tottenham over the last three years works out at roughly $1.5 million a goal, making him well worth top spot as the most overpaid player in world soccer.

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