Top 10 Highest Paid UK Footballers in 2021
March 15, 2021 By Sourav
Over the last decade, the Premier League has become a global brand and with clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool attracting fans around the world, the popularity levels of UK football and its players are at an all-time high.
As a result, the number of Fantasy Football players has exponentially increased over the last five years, whilst wagering on the Premier League has also accelerated. The majority of top betting sites now offer over 400 different markets per match and wagering on individual player shots and tackles is now commonplace amongst online sportsbooks. The highest paid players are always a big part of any betting activity related to their team as they affect the odds greatly.
Fans also enjoy following their favourite players on a weekly basis and those who achieve cult status are paid handsomely for their endeavours. We take a look at the ten highest paid footballers who are based in the UK.
10. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
Raheem Sterling penned a new contract at the Etihad Stadium in 2018 and the England international currently earns £200,000-per-week. The wide-man has been crucial to his club’s success over the last couple of seasons and his pace and directness have caused the opposition ample problems. He enjoyed his most prolific season in 2019-2020 with 20 goals in 33 appearances.
9. Mo Salah – Liverpool
Since signing for Liverpool in 2017, Mo Salah has lit up the Premier League with his dazzling skill and eye for goal. The Egyptian star has led the Reds to both Champions League and Premier League glory and is reportedly earning around £200,000-per-week at Anfield. He’s contracted at the club until 2023 and the former PFA Player of the Year is likely to remain a fan’s favourite on Merseyside for at least another couple of seasons.
8. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
Although he has been an infrequent starter during the 2020-21 campaign, Sergio Aguero remains one of the deadliest strikers in the top flight. He has scored more goals in the Premier League than any other foreign player and will be celebrating a decade at the Etihad Stadium in 2021.
He initially signed a contract worth £220,000-per-week in 2014, however, he reportedly negotiated a small increase in 2016 which currently sees him earn £230,000-per-week.
7. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Sergio Aguero’s team-mate Kevin De Bruyne is on a similar wage and the Belgian midfielder has played a key role in helping his side become a force both in the Premier League and the Champions League. He last signed a contact in January 2018 and although it is yet to be confirmed, he is reportedly on the verge of signing a new five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.
6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal
Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently earning £250,000-per-week at the Emirates and despite enduring a stop-start campaign in North London, he remains his side’s most prolific asset. The Arsenal forward signed a three-year contract extension in 2020 and has also been named as club captain.
5. Timo Werner - Chelsea
Following the relaxing of their transfer embargo, Chelsea embarked upon a summer splurge with several high-profile European stars arriving at Stamford Bridge. Timo Werner swapped southern Germany for West London and is reportedly earning around £272,000-a-week. He has endured a disappointing start to his Premier League career, and the Blues will be keen for their recent purchase to rediscover his form in 2021.
4. Paul Pogba – Manchester United
Paul Pogba’s arrival at Old Trafford came with plenty of fanfare, however, the French midfielder has largely failed to live up to expectations. United were so keen to secure his services that he currently takes home £290,000-per-week and £15million-per-year. He has been asked by the club’s hierarchy to take a pay cut, although whether he’ll remain in the Premier League for the 2021-22 campaign is questionable.
3. N’Golo Kante – Chelsea
The unassuming Frenchman won back-to-back Premier League titles with both Leicester and Chelsea and is currently taking home £290,000-per-week. The combative midfielder is a top class performer and the Blues were so incredibly keen to retain his services that they doubled his wages back in 2018.
2. David de Gea – Manchester United
David de Gea has been a reliable servant at Old Trafford for a number of seasons and the Spanish stopper currently earns around £350,000-per week. His form has dipped in recent seasons and amid speculation linking him with a move away this summer, the club have slapped a £50million price tag on him.
1. Gareth Bale - Spurs
Despite being linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, Gareth Bale opted to return to North London on loan in September 2020. The Welshman is currently earning £600,000-a-week, with his parent club Real Madrid paying over half of his earnings. Although he isn’t a regular starter, he’s already chipped in with a handful of goals since temporarily swapping the Santiago Bernabeu for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.