The English Premier League is arguably the most popular football league in the world as seen by the influx of talent on a daily basis. Quality, however, doesn’t come cheap and in this inflated market, some of this players are drawing some huge salaries. Today we look at the top 10 highest earners in the league.
10. Diego Costa – £185,000 a week
Diego Costa’s move from Atletico Madrid has been rather fruitful. He’s established himself as one of the best strikers in the league and his 17 goals this season shows how deadly he can be. Don’t be surprised if he gets another pay raise soon.
9. Mesut Ozil – £190,000 a week
This ex-Real Madrid man has given Arsenal some mesmerising moments to cherish and his salary reflects his brilliance on the pitch. The German international takes home a massive £190,000 per week, making him the highest paid player in the Arsenal squad.
8. David de Gea – £200,000 a week
David de Gea has been a consistent performer among the rubble at Manchester United, with the Spaniard one of the first names on the team sheet. His hefty wage reflects his importance to the Red Devils and it might get higher considering Spanish giants Real Madrid are sniffing around for his services.
7. David Silva – £210,000 a week
Another Spanish international on the list. Hailed as one of the most creative midfielders of his generation, David Silva’s wage seems to be a bargain. Under Pep Guardiola he has upped his game even further and his intricate passing can split open even the tightest defenses in the league.
6. Eden Hazard – £220,000 a week
The Belgian international has been one of the best players in the league for quite some time now and after a rather flat season, he has finally reclaimed his magic. The Belgian is Antonio Conte’s main creative outlet and draws a whopping £220,000 per week making him the highest paid player in the squad.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – £220,000 a week
When the super Swede landed in Manchester, he had only one thing in mind, to make a mark in the Premier League. Now after seven months, it looks like he’s done pretty well for himself. Many of his critics didn’t think much of his heroics in Paris but after 15 league goals and four assists in what is arguably one of the toughest leagues in football, there’s not much room left for criticism.
4. Sergio Aguero – £240,000 a week
How can anyone forget about Sergio Aguero’s injury-time winner to hand Manchester City the title in 2012/13. This season the Argentinian has had to fight for his spot against the brilliant Gabriel Jesus but his injury has paved way for the striker to rack up some goals. The joint highest earner at Etihad charges a whopping £240,000 for his services.
3. Yaya Toure – £240,000 a week
Yaya Toure did not have the best of starts to the season, with new manager Pep Guardiola freezing him out for the first half of the season. The Ivorian though has fought back to establish himself as a key figure once more with City certainly looking a lot solid when he’s in the middle of the park.
2. Wayne Rooney – £260,000 a week
Another club legend who’s probably not getting the treatment he’d hoped. At the start of the season, he was one of the first names on the team sheet but with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s addition, the England internationals services are not needed by manager Jose Mourinho. He still puts in a shift when called upon but has certainly lost his place as a starter.
1. Paul Pogba – £290,000 a week
Paul Pogba, the £89 million man takes the top spot. His return to his boyhood club was a global event, banners were flown, videos were shot and new ads released. The Frenchman though has struggled to impress with his average performances drawing criticism from both fans and pundits.
However, he is too good a player and with the qualities he possess, it is surely a matter of time before he becomes a match-winner at Old Trafford.