The Top 15 EPL highest paid players 2020/21 are earning at least £200,000 per week, excluding bonuses!
EPL highest paid players: When you talk about football being a source of generating money, no football league can be compared to the English Premier League.
The guaranteed abundance of money reflects in the way the league is run, in the way the players are paid, in television rights, endorsements for the league, teams, and players, and obviously, in the way the league parades itself.
Topping the list for the highest paid players are the biggest teams in the United Kingdom. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the top paid players are players of the “big-six” teams of England.
Outrightly, Gareth Bale earns the highest in the English Premier League, with a weekly wage of £600,000.
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Some may argue that Tottenham only pays him £220,000 weekly, but the subject of interest is the highest paid players in the Premier League and not the highest paid players by the Premier League. After all, the Premier League isn’t single-handedly paying its players.
Below is the list of the Top 15 EPL highest paid players 2020/21
Note that the figures used are pre-tax figures and are gotten from spotrac, arguably the largest online sports team and player contract resource. Bonuses aren’t included.
Former Lyon star, Tanguy Ndombele had an impressive 2018/2019 season, and when Tottenham came knocking, he didn’t object.
He also got to negotiate a very good salary grade for himself. He also was the last marque signing of the Mauricio Pochettino era.
As is becoming a norm with new players, he struggled to adapt to the E.P.L and his injuries didn’t help him adapt faster or better.
At a point, it began to feel as if he wouldn’t love up to expectations. That was not helped with Mourinho coming on board as the new manager.
In the early days of Mourinho, he was not a huge fan of Tanguy. Well, the switch has been flipped as he has now become an integral part of Jose’s team, playing the No. 10 roles in Jose’s favored 4-2-3-1 formation.
He seems surely on his way to justify his transfer fee (£55.45 million) and a paycheck.
Also in the No. 10 spot is Tottenham marksman, Harry Kane.
The England captain may have struggled last season with goals and injuries but he surely is back this season as his partnership with teammate Son Heung-Min has taken a whole new level under Jose Mourinho’s first full season in charge.
Already leading the way with 19 goal involvements( 9goals, 10 assists) in just 12 games, Kane is already shattering records.
Some may argue that he is underpaid when you compare him to the other big stars of the big six teams. But Tottenham isn’t exactly at the same level as the Manchester teams financially. Do not rule out a new big-money contract soon.
Yes, he is that important!
England and Man United’s left winger cum forward, Marcus Rashford is one of the four United Players on this list.
Surprisingly, he is the lowest amongst them despite his importance to the team, probably maybe more than the others in this list.
A product of their youth academy who joined at the age of eight(8), Marcus Rashford has surely worked hard to cement his place in Ole Gunnar’s United team. He is also worth his paycheck when you consider that he is a United player.
Egyptian star, No Salah is Liverpool’s top earner. He is also an important part of Klopp’s Liverpool team and has continued to deliver maybe not performance-wise but goal-wise.
Since moving from A.S Roma, Salah has 115 goal involvements (84 goals, 31 assists) in 134 Premier League games.
At this point, he is just 3 goals away from Sadio Mane’s tally at 87 goals.
Very impressive stuff, right?
He may be 33years old but is already looking like an upgrade to the inconsistent finisher in the person of Martial.
He has taken his time to blend into the Premier League and he may just be given the nod to start over Martial.
Of course, securing the services of a renowned striker of the class of Cavani was never going to be cheap. His signing will surely add up to Manchester United’s attacking prowess.
His season may be placed by injuries but he is a world-class forward when fully fit. Argentine and Man City star, Kun Aguero may be leaving Man City at the end of his current contract but that doesn’t mean he won’t be missed.
He is still one of the few players, Guardiola doesn’t have an excellent replacement for in his star-studded Man City side.
No offense to Jesus, he is a very good player especially technically but not a lethal finisher of the grade of Aguero, at least not yet.
His present salary in Man City is only toppled by Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne. That goes to show you how valuable Man City sees him.
Often criticized as being lazy and or not good enough to lead the line in a proper Manchester United team. French and United player, Martial has bagged an even bigger pay than teammate Rashford albeit an impressive 2019/20 season that saw him net 17 goals and provides 6 assists.
Martial is not free of the “lazy” and “not good enough” tag as he has had an underwhelming time as a Manchester United striker with just 51 goals and 23 assists in 152 Premier League appearances.
He has also had an underwhelming start to the 2020/21 Season. Maybe sooner or later, he will pick himself up just like last season. Last season, he had to wait till December to add goals to the team.
Arsenal’s 2020 summer “crush” Thomas Partey is undoubtedly one of the best in his position as an energetic box-to-box midfielder. He also excels in some other roles.
Arsenal deemed him necessary that they had to trigger his release clause because Atletico Madrid wouldn’t sell him under normal circumstances. At least not for amounts less than £60million.
It also turns out that Thomas is privileged in the deal that sees him earn £250,000 weekly. That amount is almost four times bigger than his £65,000 paycheck at Atletico Madrid.
He also gets a team that he would almost certainly become an undisputed starter when fully fit. Sounds like a very wise move for his career.
Arsenal star player and Gabonese star are currently struggling this season albeit the same as the whole Arsenal team.
His current goal drought is alien to the former Dortmund striker who can be said to single-handedly deliver the two trophies Arteta won late last season.
He is the scorer of the winning goals in the quarters, semis, and finals of the FA cup. And also the solitary goal in the final before netting the decisive penalty.
Since his arrival, he has managed an outstanding 56 goals and 13 assists in 97 appearances in the Premier League.
One of the greatest playmakers or simply put, chance creators the game has ever seen. Mesut Ozil’s time at Arsenal is presently a contrast to what it had been at first when he arrived.
Under Arsene Wenger, Ozil was undroppable whenever fit, such was his talent and delivery that he comfortably creates more chances than anyone else in the Premier League as at then, no wonder, his now hefty contract.
The tides have since changed as Wenger’s successors in the likes of Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta demand so much intensity and energy that they feel that Ozil can’t exactly give.
Their respective teams were plagued and currently still plagued by the inability to create enough good chances, a hallmark of Ozil’s game.
No one exactly knows what will happen to Ozil’s Arsenal career but the sooner he plays, the better for both parties it seems.
Fact remains that France International, Paul Pogba has been for some time now, the most controversial Manchester United player.
He is controversial because somehow despite his amazing skillset and capabilities, he still hasn’t nailed a place in either Mourinho or Ole Gunnar’s team for a full season.
He is controversial this season because he can be faulted for at least two of Manchester United home losses this season alone as at matchday 12 (losses against crystal palace, Arsenal, and Tottenham).
Some critics say he’s too sluggish for the Premier League, some say he’s u serious, some blame the manager.
That still doesn’t affect the fact that he left United on a free, made a name for himself at Juventus, United courted him, bought him back for a world record(£89.3 million) fee, and yet he could leave on a free when his contract expires by the summer of 2022.
English and Man City star Raheem Sterling is certainly a vital cog in Pep’s team.
the English man has risen to prominence over the last few seasons due to sheer hard work and extraordinary coaching from one of the best in the field, Pep Guardiola.
Raheem Sterling was formerly Liverpool’s talented but inconsistent winger. He has now morphed into a world-class winger and has added goals to his game as well.
The speedster may not be your favorite finisher but he is still a quality all-around player.
He is City’s star player and arguably Premier League’s most dominant playmaker. Kevin De Bruyne is a gem and Man City knows this, hence his huge paycheck.
He was the second-highest earner as of last season but is now the joint third-highest earner this season.
De Bruyne’s quality is such that he is one of the select few players in the Premier League that can walk right into any team in the world.
City’s present reliance on KDB is so big that if he has a bad day, City will have a bad day. It is also outrageous considering the sort of quality players City has.
He is a record Three-time Manchester United Player of the year(2013/14, 2014/15, 2017/18) and Spain’s No 1.
David De Gea is also Manchester United’s top earner.
He was last season’s top earner in the Premier League.
The 2020/21 Season most likely is a make or break season for De Gea after two seasons of relatively poor showings.
He certainly seems to be on the way back to his former self as the best goalie in England and probably the world. His distribution has and is improving, his mistakes becoming rare as well.
Who knows, maybe he can become the David De Gea we all knew.
The Welshman needs no introduction to a football fan.
The former Tottenham star has returned in what was deemed at first, a lovely reunion. That though remains to be seen.
Also with his return is his wage bill of £600,000. Tottenham though pays £220,000 out of that. The remaining paid off by Real Madrid.
Mourinho though prefers to not disrupt the balance of his in-form side and mainly uses Bale in the Europa League.
We all know about his speed and talent but what we don’t know is how much of that does he remember. This is because he didn’t play real football for months.
One thing remains clear though, and that is, he needs to perform to save his career.
Thiago Alcantara (£192,308),
and Ben Chiwell (£190,000).