The English top-flight is one of the richest leagues in the world.
The Premier League is the most demanding and competitive league in the world. Players in this league often make the most money. Several factors such as wage, contract length, advertisements and more vary from player to player.
Let’s take a look at the top ten highest-paid players in the Premier League 2022-2023.
10. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – £290,000 p/w
The Frenchman has absolutely bossed the midfield for Chelsea over the past couple of seasons. Chelsea signed N’Golo Kante from Leicester for just £32 million. Kante has established a reputation of being one of the best midfielders in the world over the past six years at Chelsea. The Blues definitely got a bargain.
Kante was at his peak in the 2020/21 season when Chelsea won the Champions League. He was an essential part of Chelsea’s team and perhaps their most integral player. His current contract with Chelsea runs until the end of next season.
9. Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) – £300,000 p/w
The England winger joined Manchester City from Liverpool. The Cityzens signed Sterling for £49 million. Over the years, Manchester City have signed many phenomenal wingers and midfielders. The likes of Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez are some of them. Despite ups and downs, Sterling was always a key player for Pep Guardiola. He has scored 131 goals and recorded 94 assists in 337 games for Manchester City.
As of now, Manchester City have signed Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez. The uprising of Phil Foden has put him as one of the first names on the starting XI. As expected, Sterling has left for Chelsea and is settling well at Stamford Bridge.
8. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) – £300,000 p/w
Manchester City signed the English midfielder from Aston Villa in 2021. Many criticized the rather unnecessary transfer of Jack Grealish to City mainly because of the price tag. The Cityzens paid a whopping £100 million to Aston Villa for his signature. Grealish is not an out-and-out goalscorer but a lot is expected from him because of his excellent stint at Aston Villa.
As of now, Manchester City’s midfield is completely stacked. Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kalvin Phillips, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden are some of Pep Guardiola’s options in the middle of the park. It has become even more difficult now for Grealish to find a starting XI spot. The Manchester City faithful will be hoping for a much better display from the former Aston Villa captain whenever called upon.
7. Raphael Varane (Manchester United) – £340,000 p/w
The former Real Madrid centre-back signed for the Red Devils in the summer of 2021. Manchester United signed Jadon Sancho, Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo in just one window. Despite the excellent signings, the Red Devils finished 6th on the Premier League table.
Manchester United fans were joyous because of the arrival of an underrated and legendary defender. Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos formed a legendary duo for Real Madrid from 2011 to 2018. In that span, they lost just one Champions League match. However, reality turned out to be disappointing with both Varane and Harry Maguire performing very poorly in their first season together. The France defender still has three years left on his current contract and is settling well under Erik ten Hag.
6. Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) – £350,000 p/w
The career trajectory of Jadon Sancho is very interesting. The talented youngster moved from Manchester City’s academy to Borussia Dortmund and later signed for Manchester United for a fee close to £72 million. The transfer was bound to happen in 2020 but did not go through.
Despite his shortcomings in the Premier League, Jadon Sancho is a very valuable asset for Manchester United. The winger possesses pace, skills and finishing attributes as well. Manchester United will definitely get their money’s worth with Sancho showing signs of adapting to the intensity and pace of the Premier League.
5. Casemiro (Manchester United) – £350,000 p/w
Manchester United finally got rid of their defensive woes. After signing Casemiro, the club finally has a great defensive midfielder. He is also the third-highest paid player in the Manchester United squad. Casemiro earns as much as Jadon Sancho, only Cristiano Ronaldo and David De Gea earn more.
The Brazilian is well quipped with the necessary skills required to help United. Casemiro also has vast experience of playing at the highest level with Real Madrid. Perhaps Casemiro can help United in this tough time and cement his legacy.
4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £350,000 p/w
It is quite astonishing to know that Salah and Jadon Sancho have the same earnings. Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in the world right now. Liverpool signed the former Chelsea reject in 2017 for £43 million. The transfer was the record transfer for Liverpool back then, surpassing the £35 million they spent on Andy Carroll.
Salah has scored 156 goals and provided 63 assists in 254 appearances for Liverpool. The Egyptian winger performs consistently on all fronts and is also a regular Ballon D’or contender. The Liverpool winger was deemed to lift the Ballon D’or at the start of the season. Having more goals than appearances, many deemed him as the best in the world. Salah has just recently signed a new contract with Liverpool, putting him in line with the top earners of the Premier League.
3. David De Gea (Manchester United) -£375,000 p/w
David De Gea is one of the most loyal and best players Manchester United have. The downfall of Manchester United is unreal. Many good players left the club especially when the Red Devils needed them the most. After a disappointing loss in the Europa League final, it felt like the end of the road for the Spaniard. However, David De Gea proved redeemed himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world last season.
Looking at his stats, DDG has conceded a lot of goals but considering his underperforming backline, he has done quite well. The Spanish goalkeeper signed for the Red Devils in 2011 and is willing to help the club rise back to its glory days.
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £400,000 p/w
Another Chelsea reject makes it to the list. Kevin De Bruyne spent two years in the Bundesliga after failing to prove himself at Chelsea. Manchester City signed him in 2015 from Wolfsburg for £55 million. Back then, this was the club’s most expensive signing and the second most expensive in British football history.
Since then, Kevin De Bruyne has worked his way to become one of the best midfielders in the world. Passing, vision, shooting – Kevin De Bruyne has it all and is very consistent. The Belgium international looks set to retire at the Etihad stadium. The 30-year-old extended his contract last year from 2023 to 2025.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – £480,000 p/w
The Portuguese superstar is the highest-paid player in the league. Manchester United signed their former star from Juventus at the start of last season. As expected, Ronaldo did not disappoint despite United’s shortcomings. Cristiano scored 24 goals in 38 matches for Manchester United. He scored two hat-tricks, one against Tottenham Hotspur and one against Norwich. The Portuguese had a great impact in the Champions League as well, scoring two last-minute clutch goals against Villarreal and Atalanta. The goal against Villarreal was a winner whereas against Atalanta, the game ended in a draw. His efforts kept Manchester United in the Champions League.
Ronaldo was looking to leave Old Trafford this summer in search of Champions League football. However, an exit could not materialize and the Portuguese forward continues at Old Trafford for the 2022-23 season.