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  • Writer's pictureSebastian Friedrich

Top 50 highest paid players in big 5 football leagues 2021/22

The world of football has always been characterized by records - goals, titles and transfers speak for themselves. Equally impressive are the salaries of the best footballers, reaching new heights year after year. Europe's top 5 leagues, which include the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1, are home to some of the most talented and best-paid players in the world. In this blog post we will look at the 50 highest paid players of the 2021/22 season in the top 5 leagues and give an insight into the salary structures of these top players. From Lionel Messi to Memphis Depay , this list shows who has earned the most this season and which clubs have been willing to dig deep to secure the best players.


Here are the top 30 highest paid players in the top 5 leagues for the 2021/22 season based on estimates and reports:

  1. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) - €138 million a year

  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - €60 million a year

  3. Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain) - €55 million a year

  4. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) - €40 million a year

  5. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) - €33 million a year

  6. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - €28 million a year

  7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC) - €25 million a year

  8. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) - €24 million a year

  9. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) - €23 million a year

  10. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) - €22m a year

  11. Sergio Aguero (FC Barcelona) - €21 million a year

  12. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) - €20m a year

  13. Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid) - €19m a year

  14. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - €18 million a year

  15. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) - €17 million a year

  16. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea FC) - €16 million a year

  17. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) - €15m a year

  18. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) - €14m a year

  19. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) - €13 million a year

  20. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) - €12 million per year

  21. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) - €11m a year

  22. David De Gea (Manchester United) - €10m a year

  23. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) - €9.5 million a year

  24. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) - €9 million a year

  25. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) - €8.5 million a year

  26. Thiago Alcântara (Liverpool FC) - €8 million a year

  27. Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona) - €7.5 million a year

  28. N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea FC) - €7 million per year

  29. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) - €6.5 million a year

  30. Memphis Depay (FC Barcelona) - €6 million per year

In summary, the salaries of the top footballers in Europe's top 5 leagues remain high. The list of highest paid players shows that there is still a big gap between the top earners and the rest of the players. Clubs that can afford the best players are often able to win trophies and delight their fans, but the high salaries can also lead to financial problems if not justified by success on the pitch. Overall, football salary structures are a reflection of today's society, where the value of talent and success often comes with high financial rewards.


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