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The life of a footballer may at times seem a luxurious one, but staying out of the limelight can be tricky, while being caught in the headlines can have a detrimental effect on a once glittering career.
Fortunately, however, the majority of players in the modern-day game are never short of a quick buck or two to get them out of any such bother. And it’s another world entirely for the game’s top stars, who receive huge sums week in week out without fail, with some collecting their pay check without even getting their shirts dirty.
The reported weekly wages handed out nowadays are quite simply outrageous and honestly not worth thinking about, but we take a look at the current top ten earners plying their trade in the Premier League.
If they are indeed accurate, then things may just be worse than we first imagined!
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £350,000
The Arsenal striker reportedly shot his way to joint top of the list just last month when he signed a new deal in north London, keeping him there for another three years. With 55 goals in 90 Premier League appearances, it’s clear to see why the Gunners forked out such a huge amount of money to keep him at the club.
2. David De Gea – £350,000
The Manchester United shot-stopper may not be what he used to be between the sticks, but his luxurious contract certainly hasn’t changed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may just be looking to promote understudy Dean Henderson to the number one position sooner rather than later, not only to replace the ageing De Gea, but perhaps more importantly to replace his wage bill.
3. Mesut Ozil – £350,000
Another Arsenal man earning a huge salary, but one whose situation never fails to cause both amazement and curiosity as each day passes. Once one of the hottest properties in world football, the German is yet to kick a ball this season, having recently been omitted from Mikel Arteta’s Europa League squad.
4. Kevin De Bruyne – £320,000
Manchester City’s playmaker may well justify his weekly earnings, such is his importance to Pep Guardiola’s squad. The Belgian is rapidly making his way up the Premier League all-time assists leaderboard, with his dazzling displays in midfield a true joy to watch for any football fan, regardless of which team they support.
5. Kai Havertz – £310,000
Frank Lampard certainly didn’t mess around this summer, swapping his talented youngsters for world-class stars in a bid to reclaim some form of glory at Stamford Bridge. It’s obvious that owner Roman Abramovich has plenty of cash to throw around, but Havertz himself could have hardly even dreamt of making such money for playing football at the age of 21.
6. Raheem Sterling – £300,000
England winger Sterling grabbed all the headlines when he swapped Merseyside for Manchester back in 2015, with many Reds fans turning against their former star for choosing money over loyalty. But the forward proved that the switch wasn’t solely for financial gain, playing a key role as his new club dominated English football for several years.
7. Paul Pogba – £290,000
Over in the red half of Manchester, United have also been handing out chunky pay packets like there is no tomorrow, with French midfielder Pogba one of their main beneficiaries. The 27-year-old has endured a hot and cold relationship with his boyhood club ever since returning from Juventus, with constant rumours surrounding his future providing further unease among Red Devils supporters.
8. Anthony Martial – £250,000
United made Martial the most expensive teenager of all-time when they brought him in from Monaco five years ago, and since then the club have been spending plenty of money in keeping him at Old Trafford. The French international has repaid that faith on occasion, but many fans have been urging more from their flying forward, particularly in the final third.
9. Sergio Aguero – £230,000
The Argentine striker has shown the world what he can do time after time, with his efforts in front of goal helping City to endless silverware in recent years. His 180 goals place him fourth in the league’s all-time standings, so it’s no wonder that the owners have done all they can to keep one of the greatest strikers of his generation at the club for so long.
10. Willian – £220,000
One of the latest recruits to arrive at Arsenal, yet one of the highest paid members of the current squad, the Brazilian has already enjoyed a successful start to life at the Emirates. He made the short switch from Stamford Bridge in the summer and is still earning plenty of money at the age of 32, having received a similar amount during his time at Chelsea.