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Top footballers earn your annual salary in minutes

Lionel Messi earns in 12 minutes the annual salary of the average South African.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi. Picture: AFP

JOHHANESBURG - Professional soccer players are some of the world's highest earners when it comes to wages.

So ridiculously so that Lionel Messi, one for the world's highest paid players in the game, can earn in 12 minutes the annual salary of the average South African.

The BBC devised a tool that can calculate your individual salary earnings and convert it into the amount of time it would take a professional soccer player to earn it.

According to the website, the English Premiere League spent £950m in January thrashing out multi-million pound deals to sign players during the month's transfer window.

See how long it would take a footballer to earn your annual salary h ere.