The average weekly wage for a footballer in the English Premier League was approximately £50,000 based on a 2017 study. However, that pales in comparison to what these 5 mega-stars earn.
A few key factors have changed the financial landscape of football in recent years. Certain clubs have been sold to extremely wealthy new owners, allowing them to invest heavily in transfer fees and wages.
Chinese clubs have been able to lure some of the finest footballers with massive funds being pumped into their league and the English Premier League (EPL) clubs have generated massive revenues as a result of their lucrative broadcasting deals.
Here we take a look at the 5 footballers who have experienced the greatest financial gain as reported by www.sillyseason.com.
5. Oscar (weekly wages (£400,000)
When Oscar moved to Chelsea FC in England, he was touted as one of the best young players at the time. Having won 2 EPL titles, 1 league cup and 1 Europa league cup with the blues, he surprisingly opted to sign for Shangai SIPG in January 2017.
While the move was perhaps a backward step in status, it has elevated his bank balance substantially with reported weekly wages of £400,000. As a result, his earnings eclipsed that of all his former Chelsea teammates.
4. Alexis Sanchez (£400,000)
Alexis Sanchez chose not to renew his contract at Arsenal FC in his final season at the club. This resulted in a bidding war between the 2 Manchester clubs with Manchester United winning the race to his signature in January 2018.
The deal made him the highest paid player in the EPL with a reported £400,000 weekly wage along with an annual £1.1 million signing on fee.
3. Neymar (£453,000)
Everything seemed rosy at FC Barcelona with the club boasting the most feared strike force in world football – known as MSN (Messi, Suarez and Neymar).
However, PSG pulled off an audacious bid for Neymar in July 2017 with a world record fee of £200 million. The player thereby signed personal terms to the value of £453,000 per week.
1. and 2. Messi and Ronaldo (£500,000)
The 2 legends of the game can hardly be separated in terms of sporting accolades and the same goes for weekly earnings with both pocketing a whopping £500,000 per week.
Messi earns the wage at his one and only professional club he's played for - FC Barcelona. Whereas Ronaldo's bank balance reached new heights with his August 2018 transfer from La Liga's Real Madrid to Juventus in Italy.
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