Since its inception in 1992, the Premier League has changed English football drastically and caused the amounts of money involved in the game to rise to eye-watering amounts. In 1991, the average wage of a football player in the First Division was £1,600 a month and that figure now stands at roughly £60,000. Let’s check out five players who have the highest wages in the Premier League 2020/2021 season.
5. Paul Pogba – £290,000 per week
In the 2016 summer transfer window, Manchester United completed the signing of the France midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world-record £89million with a five-year contract and a one-year extension option. Since that time, Pogba has always been an important part of Manchester United; the Frenchman has appeared 131 times in Premier League for the Red Devils, contributed 28 goals and 27 goals. With the midfield still refusing to commit over his future, Manchester United risk losing out financially if they can’t sell the player and may lose him for nothing.
4. Raheem Sterling – £300,000 per week
Sterling joined Manchester City from Liverpool in 2015 with a transfer fee reported £64 million, which is the record for an English player at that time. In 2016, he extended his contract with the Citizens to 2023 with the wage of £300,000 per week, which made him become the Blues’ the second highest-paid player, right after Kevin De Bruyne. In 2019, there’s much rumour that he rejected a new deal with the wage of £450,000 per week as he wanted to make sure if Pep Guardiola stayed in the Etihad.
3. Gareth Bale – £300,000 per week
Gareth Bale rejoined Spurs after seven years at Real Madrid for a season-long loan deal. Before he moved to Tottenham, Gareth Bale had a huge wage of £600,000 per week at Real Madrid. It was said that Tottenham will pay 50% of his salary (£150,000) and Real Madrid will have to pay the rest. The appearance of the Welsh player blew up Tottenham’s salary fund as the biggest star of the team Harry Kane gained only £275,000 per week. In 26 appearances for Spurs, Bale scored 10 goals and contributed 3 assists; however, Tottenham seems to release the 31-year-old as his contribution is not as good as they expected.
2. David de Gea – £375,000 per week
David de Gea joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in 2011. After that, he has become Manchester United’s player of the year four times in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. In 2019, the Spaniard put an end to speculation surrounding his future by signing a new four-year deal with the club, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2023. In this season, David de Gea is struggling to appear in the Manchester United’s woodwork as the young teammate Dean Henderson is playing very well. There’s information that the Manchester United board will have a meeting at the end of the season to decide who will have to leave Old Trafford the next summer.
1. Kevin De Bruyne – £385,000 per week
After signing a new contract with Manchester City this month, Kevin De Bruyne has become the highest-paid player in the league. The Belgian rejected a new contract in January but he nodded when Manchester City board came back with a better contract in April. Manchester City is currently in the quarter-final of the Champions League and has a big chance to reach the Premier League title this season; moreover, they reached the FA Cup semi-final and the League Cup final. In other words, the Sky Blue is having a very big chance to win a quadruple this season.
Author: Kuyet @ TrophyRoom
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