The Premier League is considered the best league in the world for its competitiveness, quality of football and excellent mix of great players.
These players are considered great for their contribution to the team and their all-round legacy. However, they are not cheap, and sometimes clubs have to pay through their noses to keep them.
As such, the wealthiest and most successful clubs are expected to have these kinds of players on their books. No clubs come close to this profile in the Premier League than the oil-rich Manchester City and Manchester United, who have won 19 Premier League titles between them.
The Manchester duo have one of the world’s most expensively assembled squads and boasts some of the most prominent players in the PL. But aside from these two clubs, which other team in the Premier League boasts the top earners in the league?
We look at the top-five earners in the English Premier League according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
- Kevin de Bruyne: Manchester City–£425,000 a week.
Kevin De Bruyne earns a gross salary of £ 1.7million a month, making him the highest earner in the Premier League according to L’Equipe rating.
The Belgian midfielder is arguably the best player in his position and deserves the mammoth salary he gets weekly. The 31-year-old is one of Pep Guardiola’s most trusted players at the Etihad and has contributed six goals and 21 assists for the Premier League side this season.
2. Erling Haaland: Manchester City–£402,250 a week
Number two on the list is mercurial City striker and De Bruyne’s teammate Erling Haaland. The Norwegian was one of the hottest properties in the world when he left Borussia Dortmund for Manchester last summer. So it was expected that he would command a massive wage given his profile.
At City, Haaland earns £1.609m-a-month, making him the second-highest earner in the league. He has bagged an astonishing 39 goals this season and looks set to break the Premier League record for most goals in a season.
3. David de Gea: Manchester United: £402,250 a week
Manchester United shot-stopper was placed in number three by L’Equipe. Although he earns the same amount as Haaland, the City striker is ahead, given the bonuses that come with his deal at the Etihad.
De Gea’s contract at Old Trafford will expire this summer, and Man United will reportedly offer him a reduced offer to keep him at the club.
4. Mohamed Salah: Liverpool–£373,750 a week
After signing a new contract last season, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the fourth-best-paid player in the Premier League. The Egyptian is one of the league’s biggest players and deserves his wage even though he and Liverpool are currently struggling.
5. Jadon Sancho: Manchester United–£373,750 a week
Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho earns roughly the same amount as Salah at Liverpool but is placed in number five, considering the Egyptian takes home a better sum when bonuses are added.
However, the Englishman must do more to justify his placement as United’s second-highest-paid player. He has been in and out of the squad since his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2020, only putting together a more consistent run of form during the second half of this season.
Sancho has four goals and one assist in 14 Premier League games this season and one goal in eight in the Europa League.