Premier League’s top earners
Although the English Premier League is widely regarded as the best league in world football due to the competitive of the teams involved, as well as the worldwide audience, the players involved do not seem to be as well paid as those plying their trade elsewhere. The betting comparison site Findbettingsites.co.uk have prepared a live ticker that tracks real time earnings of the world’s top 20 football earners.
Out of the current top 20 highest paid footballers, only 5 currently play in the Premier League, with the Spanish La Liga and France’s Ligue 1 seeing more players on the list. Although the majority of those on the list have played in the Premier League at one stage of their careers. The 5 players involved are Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Manchester United duo Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba.
Argentine Sergio Aguero has become Manchester City’s all-time top goalscorer and has been repaid for this by earning a reported $22,600,000 a year. With this current contract set to expire when Aguero becomes 33, in June 2021, it will be unlikely that the diminutive striker will stay on at the Etihad. His chance for another bumper pay day may only be by moving to either MLS or the Chinese Super League, where clubs are known for paying over the odds for big-name players.
Eyebrows were raised across England when Liverpool paid £36 million to Roma for forward Mohamed Salah, especially after his less than impressive stint in the Premier League for Chelsea previously. Salah, however, has performed excellently in the red for Liverpool becoming the joint top scorer in the league in only his first 2 seasons. This led to a better contract being given to the Egyptian star with his wages up to a reported $25,100,000 a year.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, has often divided the fans as to whether he really is the talisman that they need, with his wholly inconsistent performances for the Gunners. Despite this, he has recently signed a contract extension to move him onto $30,200,000 a year. Arsenal fans will be hoping that his recent decision to retire from International football for Germany will result in improved performances for his club.
Our last two Premier League players to feature both appear in the red colours of Manchester United. First, we have Alexis Sanchez another player that has failed to live up to expectations that the fans have for him. Since his switch from Ozil’s Arsenal to United he has been a completely different player, definitely not justifying the $30,800,000 a year salary.
Finally, Paul Pogba is our highest-paid player currently playing his football in the English Premier League. Another who has divided opinion, Pogba can one week terrorise teams with his range of passing and mobility, and then go completely missing the following week. We must not forget however that he has won the World Cup for country, and was widely to thank for France’s impressive tournament win.