Posted: 5 May, 2011
EXCLUSIVE: Top 10 NRL Rugby League Earners
Our exclusive reveals which NRL star is taking home the most cash.
Following the news that Rabbitohs halfback Chris Sandow signed has signed a contract rumoured to be worth $600,000 a year, The Grill Team did a bit of digging around to find out who are the highest paid players in league.
Matty Johns and "MG" Geyer spoke to player managers and leading journalists to come up with a top 10 list and as you can see in their findings below - based on sign-on fees only - it's a pretty interesting read.
But in the interest of fairness MG revealed what he was on during his playing days.
"Over the years the lowest I was on was $2,000 a year (for his first year)," he admitted. "And the highest was $450,000 [a year with the Western Reds in Super League]."
According to the Top 10 richest players list below, Chris Sandow is worth more than two of the best players in the world in Johnathan Thurston and Cameron Smith. While the Storm's Cooper Cronk, rated one the best halfbacks in the world, didn't even make the Top 10.
Top 10 NRL Rich List
1. Darren Lockyer (Broncos)
2. Billy Slater (Storm)
3. Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs)
4. Chris Sandow (Eels)
5. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
6. Cameron Smith (Storm)
7. Mark Gasnier (Dragons)
8. Benji Marshall (Tigers)
9. Jarryd Hayne (Eels)
10. Jamal Idris (Titans)
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