The Premier League features some of the most famous players in the game and they attract wages that reflect their value to their respective teams. Football is a lucrative industry, including everything from official merchandise to football betting.
The 2018-19 season saw the premier league wages bill surpass £3 billion for the first time ever, and this continues a decades-long trend that has seen global football attracts a significant amount of investment. Premier League wages have increased significantly over the last 30 years, rising by 2,811% since 1992 and all signs point to that trend continuing.
This means that some of the country’s highest-paid sporting stars are playing for teams in the Premier League, and the top ten highest earners include:
Taking home £290,000 per week, it’s hard to believe that Manchester United’s foremost French player is only at number ten on the list of the highest-paid players in the premier league. There are rumors that he could be offered as much as £500,000 to stay on with the team, but with a net worth of more than £15 million, even that sum may not be enough to keep him.
Earning the same as Pogba but playing for Chelsea, Kante is contracted until 2023 and rumors suggest that Chelsea wants to keep their highest-paid player once his current contract expires. Reportedly worth more than £25 million, Kante has also negotiated lucrative endorsement deals, including one with Adidas that’s thought to be worth more than £11 million.
Sterling’s deal that saw him move to Manchester City from Liverpool made headlines when it was revealed that the deal was worth £50 million. One of the reasons he left was to up his income and he wasn’t disappointed, but he has repaid City by contributing to three Premier League wins.
He was the most expensive player in Premier League history when Manchester City bought him from Aston Villa for £100 million in 2021, and Jack Grealish has also made millions from his footballing skills. As well as a weekly wage of £300,000, Grealish is rumored to have amassed a personal fortune of more than £16 million through canny contract negotiations.
As Chelsea’s highest-paid player, Lukaku’s weekly wage is £325,000 and he is said to be worth more than £70,000,000 after playing for several premier league clubs in the UK. Having also earned his place in Serie A teams Inter and FC Internazionale Milano over the last few years, Lukaku now commands eye-watering wages supplemented with additional bonuses and sponsorship deals with Puma, Nike, Adidas, and Roc Nation.
Raphael Varane’s recent signing is costing Manchester United around £340,000 per week. It’s reported that his previous team, Real Madrid, was unable to offer enough to entice him to stay.
As well as a hefty wage, Verane also has multi-million-pound endorsements from Puma, Nike, and Boss. He also received an undisclosed sum from Amazon for his role in a documentary they made about his footballing career, ‘Varane: Destin de Champion’.
Jadon Sancho is known for being the highest-paid English footballer in the world, and given that he is only twenty-one, it seems likely that he will be able to command even higher wages in years to come. Sancho has an endorsement deal with Nike that has contributed to his net worth, and he also has a partnership with EA Games which has included him in FIFA 20 and featured him heavily in the promotion of their game FIFA 20 Ultimate Team.
As the only goalkeeper in the top ten premier league earners, David de Gea is thought to be the highest-earning goalie in the world. His current footballing is worth more than £10 million per year for a contract that runs until 2023, but he also has endorsement deals with Pepsi, Adidas, and EA Sports that generate him additional income.
As Manchester City’s highest-earning player, de Bruyne is in contract with them until 2025 with a salary that is currently £400,000 per week. This is even more impressive when you know that du Bruyne hired a data analysis firm to review the figures relating to his role and potential and used these as part of his negotiations with the club.
Commanding more than half a million pounds a week, Ronaldo has secured a role as the highest-paid player in the premier league. Having proved his worth several times over, Ronaldo has also had a number of high-profile endorsement deals with companies such as Armani, and Herbalife. Tag Heuer and Unilever are thought to net him around £35 million per year.
These high wage bills may seem excessive, but when considering the excitement that high-quality players bring to the beautiful game, both in the UK and throughout the world, it is football fans that really benefit.
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