The 10 biggest wage bills in the world of football have emerged with a few surprising results


Being a professional footballer in this day and age can earn you quite a pretty penny.

The likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are amongst some of the highest paid athletes on the planet - while your average run-of-the-mill top league footballer still earns more money than most people could ever dream of.

However, if you want to have the biggest names on the planet turning out in your shirt, you better be prepared to deal with the monumental wage bill that will bring.

A report released by Sporting Intelligence has today revealed the 20 highest wage bills in global football and it makes for interesting reading.

Here are the ten biggest and most eye-watering wage bills in the world.

10. Liverpool (£4.9m)

The Reds sneak into the top ten after securing new mega-deals for their terrifying front trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and most recently Sadio Mane.

9. Chelsea (£5.0m)

Eden Hazard doesn’t come cheap, and now, neither does N’Golo Kante. The World Champion signed a new, bumper £290,000 per week deal at Stamford Bridge just this week.

8. Manchester City (£6.0m)


It comes as a bit of a surprise that the Citizens are so low down the list considering their reputation as one of the biggest spenders in global football but it seems that the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola has more pulling power than money.

7. PSG (£6.1m)

With the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and wonder boy Kylian Mbappe on their books, PSG’s position in this list is possibly the most surprising.

6. Atletico Madrid (£6.2)

Convincing someone like Antoine Griezmann to snub Barcelona can be a costly business it seems.

5. Bayern Munich (£6.4m)


The Bavarian giants are the only German side in the top ten and their massive bill comes as no surprise when you think names like Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer. Those three are but a fraction of the playing squad who are on massive pay packages.

4. Manchester United (£6.5m)


The Red Devils would expect to be having a far better season with what their players are currently earning. Something just doesn’t quite match up.

3. Juventus (£6.7m)

The Italian club can thank a certain Cristiano Ronaldo for their inclusion in the top three this year with the Portuguese superstar said to be earning in the region of £500,000 per week.

2. Real Madrid (£8.1m)

Even after the sale of the above-mentioned Ronaldo, Real are still paying staggering amounts of money to their players. On current form, it is difficult to say whether they deserve it or not.

1. Barcelona (£10.5m)


The Catalan club takes out top spot and it is no surprise really. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele (to name but a few) are all on massive salaries currently. If anyone can afford it though, it’s Barcelona.

The amount of money footballers earn has long been a controversial topic but it looks set to continue increasing in the coming years.

If you’re planning on becoming a professional footballer sometime soon though, it’s probably best to aim for Barcelona - they pay pretty well apparently.

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