Premier League clubs can pay their players an incredible amount of weekly salaries because of the pay structure and immense sponsorship deals, but most importantly because of the television broadcast deals. The highest paid 2020 Premier League players mainly come from the “Top 6”.
Being the highest-paid player in the UK, in some circumstances, does not equal being the top athlete in the season. Money doesn’t always buy trophies, as some of the players and clubs on this list prove.
For the 2020-21 season, the sports finance website Spotrac has collected the figures for the highest-paid footballers in the UK. The figures give us the ability to dissect when clubs are overpaying for the services of a player. So, who are the Premier League’s highest-paying footballers? Based on the stats, the answers can surprise you. Even, these players, regardless of their goals, assists, or saves, cart home plenty of cash in their pay packets.
In descending order, we present the highest earning Premier League footballers for 2020/2021.
1. David De Gea – Manchester United, £375,000 per week
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is the Premier league’s highest paid player 2020 at Old Trafford, collecting £ 19.5 million per season and £ 375,000 per week. De Gea is in the middle of a six-year extension that will fetch him a whopping amount of £ 177 million by the time the contract expires in 2024. Bigger than any other player in Premier League history, the shot-stopper takes in a weekly wage of £ 375,000.
The fitness of De Gea in 2019-20 did not justify the tremendous amount paid to him by Manchester United. In the FA Cup semifinal against Chelsea, the Spanish player was heavily criticized for errors, especially allowing two stoppable goals. The deal of De Gea is hard to alter, but on the books, Manchester United have talented young goalie Dean Henderson. Henderson excelled last season at Sheffield United on loan. During the most recent campaign, De Gea also managed 13 clean sheets and 96 saves.
2. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City, £350,000-a-week
Once again, Kevin De Bruyne demonstrated why he was paid so much money during the 2019-20 season. At the core of anything positive Manchester City had done in the final third was the Belgian defensive midfielder. In 35 league appearances, he clenched 13 goals. It’s not De Bruyne’s goals that, though, make him so special. In the Premier League, De Bruyne registered 20 assists and created 33 “big chances.”
The Belgian’s deal will run until the 2022-23 season at the Etihad Stadium. He’s earning £350,000-a-week. With Manchester City, De Bruyne has done nearly everything but lead them to a European trophy. He remained fit for a full league season if they will manage to maintain consistency in winning, the blue half of Manchester will eventually end up with a piece of European silverware.
3. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal FC, £ 350,000-per-week
As Mesut Ozil signed a three-year contract extension in 2018 to remain at Arsenal, uproar ensued. His weekly income soared to £ 350,000-per-week under the new contract. Mikel Arteta, the new Arsenal boss, is ever more adamant not to play Ozil.
Although not playing football, Ozil has spent most of the last year receiving a big paycheck. In 2019-20, the 31-year-old starred only 18 times for Arsenal, scoring a goal and two assists. Ozil’s heavy cash deal is an albatross around the neck of the club now. Unfortunately for iconic Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, one of his last acts at the club was to re-sign Ozil to such a big deal. On the manager’s record, it is a blemish that has since weighed the Gunners down.
4. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City, £300,000-per-week
Manchester City has no fear of paying players huge amounts of money. This is one reason why the club has been facing investigations on Financial Fair Play with UEFA. Forward, Raheem Sterling, signed in 2015 from Liverpool, comes in at £ 15.6m a season as the third highest-paid footballer in the Premier League in terms of base salary.
At Manchester City, Sterling is under contract until 2023. He would receive £300,000-per-week over the duration of his new contract. If the form seen in 2019-20 can be continued, his salary will increase. Sterling netted 20 goals this past season in 33 Premier League appearances—11 with his right foot, six with his left foot, and three with his head.
Perhaps the only negative aspect of the success of Sterling was his lack of assistance. The international from England registered a mere one assist.
5. Paul Pogba – Manchester United, £ 290,000-per-week
In 2016, Manchester United made it their job to re-sign midfielder Paul Pogba. It is fair to assume that, since his return, Pogba has not lived up to the hype or the salaries paid. While the midfielder helped the club win the Europa League and the 2017 EFL Cup, he spent a lot of his time out injured at Old Trafford.
Pogba has registered double digit goals only once. Most fans have wanted him to leave the club with Real Madrid allegedly interested in his. The Red Devils did not give in to Pogba’s previous transfer desires, and the Frenchman appears to have taken a U-turn after Man Utd signed midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
In 2019-20, due to injuries, the midfielder only played in 16 Premier League fixtures. Though adding three assists, Pogba scored one goal. His contract expires at the end of 2021.
6. Anthony Martial – Manchester United, £250,000-a-week
In the Premier league, three of the top earning footballers play for Manchester United. The performances on the pitch in terms of trophies have not mirrored the amount of money paid to some of the players, but under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there is optimism that the club is on an upward trajectory.
During Louis van Gaal’s brief, disappointing tenure as boss, Anthony Martial originally signed for the club from Monaco. Signed for £ 54m in 2015, Martial was branded as a player for the future of Manchester United. Van Gaal could not be more accurate. In 2019-20, Martial featured as a key attacker for the club. He scored a career high 17 goals in the Premier League.
Just 24, Martial is making £250,000-a-week. Martial is on contract and Manchester United till 2024. If he remains hardworking, for the Red Devils, Martial may extend contract.
7. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City, £250,000-a-week
The best striker in the history of Manchester City is Sergio Aguero. Signed in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, Aguero has scored 254 goals for Manchester City in 370 games in all competitions. As Manchester City is unlikely to sign another contract renewal as Aguero’s new deal expires in 2021, his days are counted at the club.
Even though boss Pep Guardiola is seeking to turn Gabriel Jesus into the next Aguero, the striker is already proving hard to substitute. Aguero is virtually irreplaceable, like former Manchester City centre-back Vincent Kompany.
Aguero is the all-time top foreign scorer in the Premier League. He still holds the record of 12 for the most career Premier League hat-tricks. His £ 230,135 a week is much smaller than any of the other players on this list, which is surprising.
8. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool; £200,000-a-week
Liverpool had two outstanding seasons, winning the Champions League and Premier League in 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively. Making their achievements even more remarkable is the fact that in the top 12 highest paid footballers in the UK list, they have only one player. At £200,000-a-week, Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s highest-paid player. Salah has been well worth his salary and, due to his continued goal-scoring production, deserves an increase in pay.
Signed for £ 37.8m from Roma, Salah is now comfortably worth three times the amount paid for him by Liverpool. Salah netted 19 goals in Liverpool’s 2019-20 Premier League title-winning season while tallying 10 assists in 34 appearances.
Salah was a goal-scoring machine for Liverpool, winning the Golden Boot Trophy of the Premier League in 2017-18 and 2018-19. The scouting department of Liverpool should be thanked for the work they have done to discover the treasure the Egyptian King is.
9. Marcus Rashford – Manchester United; £200,000 a week
Marcus Rashford, Growing up in the Wythenshawe suburb of Manchester, Rashford signed with the club’s academy in 2005. Rashford received his first call-up to the first team as a youth in 2015, after 10 years at the Manchester United Academy. Thanks to eight goals in 18 games, he steadily built a name for himself at the club as a rising star.
At only 22 years of age, Rashford makes £200,000 a week at the club. In 2019-20, he had a strong Premier League season, scoring 17 goals and 8 assists in 31 games. Even a back injury sustained halfway through the season did not dampen Rashford’s play as he picked up right where he left off after coming back from the problem.
The contract with the Manchester United forward expires in 2023. Rashford’s stint is impossible, however, to come close to expiring at Manchester United.
10. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur; £200,000 a week
The appearance of Harry Kane on the list of highest paid players in the EPL shouldn’t be a surprise. The skipper of England and Spurs won his £ 200,000 a week salary by scoring consistently, which by adding incentives just raises his £ 10.4m a year salary.
In 2019/2020 season, Harry Kane scored 18 times and that speaks volumes to his consistency on the pitch. Harry Kane is the Tottenham Hotspurs football club’s most valuable player, regardless of his salary, and he should be one of the 2020 Premier League stars with the highest pay.
More or less, Kane makes the same amount of money as Rashford and it can be argued that less than his worth is being paid to him. Particularly when someone like Ndombele, his teammate, is recieving almost as much in weekly wages as he is. Nonetheless, it’s a salary which makes him one of the Premier League’s most paid players.