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Top 5 highest-paid players in the Premier League

Here we take a look at the top five highest earning football players in the Premier League including Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

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If you follow the lives of premier league players on and off the field, you know that they lead lavish lifestyles. They seem to have it all – from the million-dollar homes to jets to vacations on private islands. Their lives are the stuff of dreams. And it’s only natural that you might wonder just how much money it takes to finance such a life. How much would you need to wager on Grosvenor sports to lead such a life? We want to answer these questions as we break down the top salaries in the premier league. Some of them will shock you!

1.   Cristiano Ronaldo

You probably already expected to see this name on the list. After all, his previous earnings were high enough to inspire envy even from the players in the big leagues. But to re-join Manchester United, he had to take a pay cut which brought his earnings to £385,000 a week. He currently ranks as one of the highest-paid players in Manchester United and has made his pay worth the team’s while. The 36-year-old has a two-year contract with the team, which will see him earn £53,040,000 from his time at the club. This contract also includes a club option for 2023 to 2024. And seeing as he also makes money from his other ventures, his coffers will not be dry soon, if ever.

2.   Kevin De Bruyne

This 30-year-old who plays for Manchester City is currently on a five-year contract that will see him play in the club until 2025. During his time with the team, he will make a whopping £104,000,000! So, why is the team willing to part with this much money? Kevin scored six goals and twelve assists in his 26 appearances in the last year. He’s been on fire, and if this continues, he could break the record of 200 league appearances and that held by Vincent Kompany. As the team awaits this momentous turn, Kevin will take at least £385,000 in a week.

3.   David De Gea

Manchester United boasts some of the most expensive players in the premier league, with De Gea taking home at least £375,000 in a week! The 31-year-old has a 6-year-contract with the team that ends in 2024, which will see him earn £117,000,000! The contract also features a club option for the 2023 to 2024 season. The team has not had any qualms about forking out this much money as De Gea has proven to step up to the plate each season. He achieved 9 clean sheets out of the 26 appearances in the last season alone. He hopes to stay in Manchester United longer, and things are looking up for him.

4.   Jadon Sancho

At this point, it’s evident that Manchester United spares no expense when it comes to signing talent for the team. Jadon was one of the most expensive signings in the club’s history, costing about £80 million! He had previously played with Dortmund, and his performance had awed the Manchester United management. Has he delivered? While he had a slow start on home soil, he’s been picking up the pace, and it looks like Manchester United may have another asset on their side. The 22-year-old is currently on a 5-year-contract that ends in 2027, which will see him earn £91,000,000.

5.   Raphaël Varane

Could Manchester United possibly afford another costly player? The team has the resources to cater to more than one gem, hence their 4-year-contract with Varane. The 28-year-old center-back was an asset to Real Madrid, where the team clinched the Champions League trophy four times. So, with the backing of other star players, he is sure to shine in Manchester United. His contract, which ends in 2026, will pay up to £70,720,000!

Isn’t it interesting that 80% of the highest-paid players in the top 5 list come from Manchester United? Other well-known and well-paid players in the premier league include:

  • Romelu Lukaku: This 28-year-old Chelsea player is on a 5-year-contract that will see him earn £84,500,000,
  • Raheem Sterling: At only 27, this player’s contract with Manchester City ends in 2023, accruing to £62,400,000,
  • Jack Grealish: This Manchester City player will eke £93,600,000 from his 6-year-contract, which ends in 2027.

As you can see from the staggering wages we have covered, it pays to be good at football. But not everyone can play as well as these stars. If you’re wondering how to carve out a niche for yourself in the premier league, consider entry points such as wagering, blogging, vlogging, etc. There is something for everyone in this industry!

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