Some of these players are considered among the best in their positions in the world.
The Premier League is the most watched league in the world, majorly because of the quality of players and teams. Expectedly, there is a lot of money involved in the competition, be it in terms of transfer fees, player wages and earnings through broadcasting rights. The wealth in the Premier League so much that the highest paid footballers are also some of the richest athletes in the world.
In order to sign and retain top class players, the clubs in the league have to dish out exorbitant amounts of money. This leads to the players taking home hefty paychecks as a result. Here are the highest paid Premier League footballers, as per inputs from L’Equipe.
5. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – €17.16m
Manchester United’s most expensive signing, Paul Pogba takes home €17.16m per year. He moved from Juventus back in 2016 for a fee in the region of €105m.
The Frenchman is the second-highest paid player in the Premier League outfit’s roster. Despite suffering from inconsistent patches, he remains indispensable to MUFC’s plans of getting back to winning ways.
4. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – €17.76m
Raheem Sterling has been on fiery form in the past few seasons for Manchester City. The Englishman scored 29 goals in the 2019/20 season and became one of the most prolific attacking wingers in Europe.
The 26-year-old is paid a handsome €17.76m per year by the four-time Premier League winners. He is also one of the most expensive players in the market currently, with a valuation of €100m.
3. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) – €18.96m
Kevin de Bruyne holds the third spot among the highest paid footballers in the Premier League. He takes the highest salary among all players in Manchester City’s squad. The Belgian midfielder takes home €18.96m per year pre tax.
The Belgian is often termed as the best midfielder in the world by the supporters and neutrals alike. His influence is crucial to City’s prowess in the attacking department.
2. David de Gea (Manchester United) – €22.2m
Manchester United’s custodian, David de Gea holds the second spot among the highest paid footballers in the Premier League and the highest paid at the club. The Spaniard is also the most expensive goalkeeper in terms of wages, as he takes €22.2m for his exalted services.
David de Gea will complete 10 years at the club on July 1, since his move from Atletico Madrid in 2011. In this period, he has won a Premier League title, one FA Cup & League Cup, one UEFA Europa League trophy and several Matt Busby Player of the Year awards.
1. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) – €30m
At the start of the season, Gareth Bale made a sensational return to Tottenham Hotspur where his road to stardom began. The Welshman was treated as an outcast at Real Madrid and he was quickly becoming an expensive bench warmer, considering the salary he was on.
The 31-year-old’s loan move was hard to execute as his salary is being shared between Spurs and Real Madrid. Even then, he is the highest earner in the Premier League. Bale will receive €30m for his stint with the London-based club this term.