Top Ten Highest Earners in the Premier League


It was only 15 years ago that Premier League footballers were earning £200,000 a year. Now some players earn that in a week. For kicking a ball around a field once or twice a week doing something you love, it sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. And while the morality and righteousness of earning such sums is debated by the media and fans week in week out, it makes fascinating reading.

My own views on the subject are mixed. I think that if the money wasn’t going to the people who make the sport great week in week out, it would only be lining the pockets of executives and middle men who feed off their talent. If you’re responsible for creating the multi-billion pound industry, it’s only fair that you should receive the majority of the pie. While I say that, I think the salaries of some players are grotesquely excessive. To think that Wayne Rooney earns two times the yearly salary of an NHS nurse in one day – you’ve got to question the morality of the situation. We live in a unjust society, but there you go.

What I like looking at though is numbers – and we’ve complied a list of the top ten highest earning Premier League footballers for you to mossy at and debate over. This list is ranking on earnings per week (salary) and excludes sponsorship deals etc. The figures have been researched a verified through various media sources although the main source used was Portuguese football site – Futebol Finance. Their latest list had to be updated to account for Manchester City’s crazy summer of spending however.

Top ten highest earners in the Premier League…

1) Wayne Rooney

Age – 25
Club – Manchester United
Yearly Salary – £13 million (£250,000/week)
Transfer Fee – £25 million (from Everton in 2004)

2) Yaya Toure

Age – 27
Club – Manchester City
Yearly Salary – £11.5 million (£220,000/week)
Transfer Fee – £24 million (from Barcelona in 2010)

3) Carlos Tevez

Age – 26
Club – Manchester City
Yearly Salary – £10.5 million (£200,000/week)
Transfer Fee – £47 million (from MSI Sports in 2009)

4) John Terry

Age – 30
Club – Chelsea
Yearly Salary – £8 million (£150,000/week)
Transfer Fee – Free (Chelsea academy player)

5) Emmanuel Adebayor

Age – 26
Club – Manchester City
Yearly Salary – £7.5 million (£140,000/week)
Transfer Fee – £25 million (from Arsenal in 2009)

6) Frank Lampard

Age – 32
Club – Chelsea
Yearly Salary – £7.5 million (£140,000/week)
Transfer Fee – £11 million (from West Ham in 2001)

7) Steven Gerrard

Age – 30
Club – Liverpool
Yearly Salary – £6.5 million (£125,000/week)
Transfer Fee – Free (Liverpool academy)

8) Rio Ferdinand

Age – 32
Club – Manchester United
Yearly Salary – £6.5 million (£125,000/week)
Transfer Fee – £30 million (from Leeds United in 2002)

9) Kolo Toure

Age – 29
Club – Manchester City
Yearly Salary – £6.25 million (£120,000/week)
Transfer Fee – £16 million (from Arsenal in 2002)

10) Gareth Barry

Age – 29
Club – Manchester City
Yearly Salary – £6.25 million (£120,000/week)
Transfer Fee – £12 million (from Aston Villa in 2009)

Other notable mentions go to Chelsea’s Ashley Cole who earns an estimated £120,000/week and Liverpool’s goal machine Fernando Torres who bags £110,000/week.

Award for best agent goes to Wayne Bridge’s representative who negotiated a £85,000/week deal for his (rather average) client to sit on the bench at Manchester City. Bravo.

The disclaimer:

(1) The figures are the result of research carried out in over 30 publications worldwide that specialize in football. Among which, the largest online newspapers and magazines of the major leagues worldwide.
(2) The figures are unofficial and approximate, being dependent on new contracts or renewal of each contract.
(3) Figures refer to gross wages of the players (before tax), which of course does not include contracts for advertising, game awards, signing bonuses, or other extra pay.
(4) There may be differences over time in relation to the figures, due to exchange rate changes, for players not earning their salaries in euros.

Source: Futebol Finance

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One Response to “Top Ten Highest Earners in the Premier League”

Edit needed mate, think you got Rio and Kolo mixed up…


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