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Mike Townsend
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14 August 2022

How Much Do Premier League Players Earn?

We all know that Premier League players earn an enormous amount of money. Providing that you are in the first-team squad when it comes to any of the twenty clubs in the English top-flight. It’s safe to assume that you are a millionaire several times over.

Naturally, there’s a big difference between the earnings being generated by Burnley’s reserve goalkeeper compared to Cristiano Ronaldo or Mohamed Salah. Although the aim of this article is to understand the average salary of Premier League football players.

Naturally, it’s a relatively short career which can often be curtailed by injury. Although it’s clearly never been a better time to be a professional football player in England. The salary is often supplemented by goal and win bonuses, while there is also the various endorsements that come from kit manufacturers such as Adidas and Nike.

Which Premier League Player Earns the Biggest Salary?

There are some familiar names featuring at the top of the 2021-22 Annual Salary Rankings. With the Premier League star performers getting heavily remunerated by their respective club. And it’s no surprise to find Cristiano Ronaldo sitting in the number one spot.

When CR7 returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2021, there was a huge fanfare surrounding a transfer from Juventus. However, despite the sentimentality when it came to seeing Ronaldo representing the Red Devils for the second time in his career, being able to engineer the move came at a hefty cost to Manchester United.

It is estimated that Ronaldo earns an eye-watering annual salary of £26,520,000 at United. With the forward having a mixed time of things under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick. With the latter prepared to drop the highest-earning operator in the division which is something that his predecessor didn’t want to do. Stay up to date with the Football news pages.

De Gea, Sancho and Varane Also Among Top Five Earners in EPL

David de Gea has been Manchester United’s saviour between the sticks for several seasons. The Spaniard is handsomely rewarded by the Red Devils. According to the latest sources, the stopper earns just shy of £20,000,000 on an annual basis. With reports suggesting that Dean Henderson was about to replace him being wide of the mark.

De Gea is also joined in the top five Premier League earners by team-mates Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. Neither of whom have shone particularly brightly during their maiden season at Old Trafford. Varane has been in and out of the team due to injury, although he only left Real Madrid due to United being prepared to pay a £17,500,000 annual salary.

As for Sancho, his excellent performances for Borussia Dortmund persuaded the Manchester United board to sanction a big money move for the England international. And it’s only recently that the former Manchester City trainee has broken into the first team. A salary of £18,200,000 means that the winger’s earning power is already massively strong.

Kevin de Bruyne Highest Earning Player at Manchester City

Manchester United are splashing the cash to recruit some of the star names in world football. Although the fact remains that they’re not even close to buying their way to success. The opposite is true of Manchester City who have taken a somewhat more organic approach to recruitment. Although the enormous wage structure has clearly been a big draw for players over the past few seasons.

It comes as no surprise to find that Kevin de Bruyne is the biggest earning City player. It is estimated the Belgian’s annual salary is £20,800,000. The midfielder is currently helping the Cityzens to potentially win a fourth top-flight title in the space of five seasons. And it’s clear why the north-west club are prepared to pay him the big bucks.

Other Manchester City Players wages

De Bruyne is joined on the money list by several of his Manchester City team-mates.

And that includes Jack Grealish, with the former Aston Villa midfielder arriving at the Etihad Stadium for £100 million in the summer of 2021. This represented the most expensive transfer of a British player of all time. Even if the England man hasn’t shone as brightly as he did for his former club.

Grealish didn’t just cost Manchester City a huge sum of money. It also meant that his six-year contract would see his new club pay him an annual salary of £15,600,000. At the age of 26, it means that the Birmingham-born operator has effectively made it to the big time. It’s crazy to think this was someone who was playing Championship football just a handful of years ago.

There is a pecking order when it comes to salary earnings at Manchester City. And Grealish’s arrival meant that he was put in the same earnings bracket as Raheem Sterling. The England forward is also generating £15,600,000 and has recently started impressing. Even if there’s a nagging doubt that the player might seek pastures new in a few months’ time.

Salah New Liverpool Contract Could See Him Become a Huge Earner

One of the biggest Premier League transfer bargains of all time was the initial £36.5 million paid by Liverpool Football Club to Roma for the services of Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian had previously been on the books at Chelsea although the winger had failed to break into the first team. And engineered a move to the Italian capital where he blossomed.

Liverpool are not renowned for being big spenders when it comes to Premier League salaries. That explains why the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Gini Wijnaldum and Luis Suarez have upped sticks at Anfield despite being fan favourites. However, the Merseyside club will be keen not to let Salah slip from their grasp.

It’s fair to say that Mo Salah is already a Liverpool FC legend and one of the greatest players to ever represent this proud and historic club. The 29-year-old is currently not one of the top earners in the Premier League. Despite the fact that he could yet become the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner and manager Jurgen Klopp often refers to him as the world’s best.

As things currently stand, Salah’s annual salary is around the £10,000,000. Although it’s likely that these earnings will be significantly boosted by sponsorship deals. Considering that he’s now among the most famous players in the world. However, it’s still hard to assimilate the fact that he earns a similar amount to Arsenal’s Thomas Partey, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Tottenham’s Harry Kane along with club team-mate Thiago Alcantra.

Liverpool FC Player Contracts

It is understood that a new contract has been offered to Salah and there are currently negotiations in place between the two parties. While the Egyptian King professes his love for LFC, it is clear that he understands his worth to the club. Considering he has helped them earn a thirty-year drought by landing a Premier League title along with a sixth Champions League success.

Therefore, a £20 million annual salary could be on the table which would put him on the same earnings level as Kevin de Bruyne at Manchester City. It is expected that this deal will be agreed sooner rather than later. With an implausible prospect that Salah will actually leaveAnfield considering how big a hole he would leave in the squad.

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Lukaku Heads the Chelsea Player’s Money List

It was reported that Romelu Lukaku cost Chelsea Football Club £97.5 million when they “brought him home” from Internazionale. Even if the Belgian hasn’t exactly set the Premier League alight during the current season. At the time of writing, the 28-year-old has only made sixteen appearances and they have yielded just five goals.

Lukaku has also courted controversy in an interview by claiming that his heart still lies with Internazionale. Perhaps he should have kept a lower profile considering that he commands the biggest salary at Stamford Bridge. After representing Manchester United and Inter, it was clear that Roman Abramovich would have to pay him much bigger money than he was earning during his first stint at the London club.

Reports suggest that Lukaku currently earns around £17,000,000 per year and that equates to a weekly salary of £325,000. He’s not the only mega money earner at Chelsea, with N’GoloKante getting £15,000,000. That’s a considerable sum for a defensive midfielder although it’s arguable that the Frenchman has been the most influential signing at Stamford Bridge for several seasons.

Timo Werner certainly hasn’t lived up to the fanfare that accompanied the German’s arrival from RB Leipzig eighteen months ago. And the forward is now regarded as a back-up striker at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel. However, the young forward still has time on his side and the club are prepared to pay £14,000,000 a year for his services right now.

Burnley at the Lower End of Earnings Scale

While the top Premier League clubs are prepared to spend tens of millions when it comes to annual salaries for their earners. Some of the lesser outfits have a more rigid wage structure. That includes Burnley who have done miraculously to remain in the top flight for several seasons under Sean Dyche. Considering that their highest-earning players earn little more than £2,000,000 per year.

Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Erik Pieters might not have to work for another day of their adult lives when they eventually retire from the game. Although their top-earning status at Turf Moor only amounts to £2.5 million per year in terms of salary. Mee and Tarkowski have formed part of a central defensive partnership which has been invaluable to the Lancashire club.

However, some of the squad members at Burnley FC earn less than £1 million per year. And that means that their lifestyle can hardly be described as glamorous compared to their peers. Similarly, Brentford have a cap on salaries due to being a relatively new Premier League club. And they’re not yet breaking the bank when it comes to wages.

Ivan Toney is among the highest-earning players at the Brentford Community Stadium. With the former Peterborough forward now generating £1,000,000 a year in salary. And there are a clutch of players who are hovering around the £750,000 mark including SergiCanos and Ethan Pinnock.

Mike Townsend

Betting Expert
Mike is a sports writer, and sporting news specialist with over 20 years of experience in the sport and gaming sector. He is considered an expert in his field and provides insightful data and betting resources for the team.

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