When it comes to money, we all know that the Premier League is one of the richest leagues in world football, with a number of clubs such as Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea amass large amounts of income through various revenue which make them not only successful football clubs, but viable businesses.
However, while these clubs seem to have large amounts of cash to splash around on big money transfers and new all purpose stadiums, how much money is actually generated by the players themselves, through the amazing fortunes which they receive on a weekly basis from clubs as their wage.
While the elite footballers of the Premier League amass a large amount of income on a weekly basis, which players stand head and shoulders above everyone else as the richest players who have plied their trade in the Premier League?
10. Didier Drogba (£15 million) – Currently one of the best strikers in world football at this present time and that’s something which hasn’t gone unnoticed by his current club Chelsea who currently pay the strikers £120,000 a week in order to secure his services as Chairman Roman Abramovich splashes his riches as he looks to retain the Premier League Crown.
9. John Terry (£17 million) – Another one of Chelsea’s high earners as the club captain and England international takes home a staggering £135,000 week. However, it seems to be money well earned as Terry has become a stable defensive force in the back bone of the Chelsea side and one of the key reasons why they were able to lift the title last season.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo (£18 million) –During Ronaldo’s time in England with Manchester United, the Portuguese star was adored by the United faithful and pretty much hated by every other fan in the country. However, his £180,000 a week was richly deserved as his performances and ability on the ball at times left defenders simply dazzled.
7. Steven Gerrard (£19 million) – To many Steven Gerrard is Liverpool football club, having spent over 15 years at the Anfield club. As one of Liverpool’s top paid players on £120,000, the Red’s captain has quickly risen to one of the most popular players in the clubs history, whose goals have helped them achieve great success over the last few years, in particular winning the Champions League for a record fifth time.
6. Frank Lampard (£20 million) – Frank Lampard has quickly risen to one of Chelsea’s most influential player as his goals from midfield have been vital in helping Chelsea achieve great success over the years. On £110,000 a week the England international is richly rewarded for his services and many Chelsea faithful will hope he continues this fine scoring form for many years to come.
5. Ryan Giggs (£23 million) – One of the most popular and simply best United players of all time. The 36 year old has spent over 20 years at the club, putting in quality performances on a weekly basis which has seen the Welshman make over 750 appearances for the club, making him very much deserving of his £140,000 a week.
4. Rio Ferdinand (£28 million) – Ferdinand isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea, but there is no arguing that when it comes to defensive capabilities he’s up there with the best. The soon to be England captain once again, has put in a string on top notch performances both for his country and his club Manchester United, underpinning why the star is on over £120,000 a week.
3. Wayne Rooney (£35 million) – Wayne Rooney has simply become one of the best footballers in the world in recent years. His performances for club and country have simply been mesmerising, scoring countless goals which left many fans simply speechless. Although the former Everton player hasn’t exactly been at his best in his personal life in recent months, there is no denying that for his one field ability he deserves his £100,000 a week.
2. Michael Owen (£40 million) – Whether he was applying his trade at Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle or Manchester United, the former England star has always been considered one of the best English strikers around. Although he no longer earns the nost bleed amounts which some of the others on the list do, the £120,000 he earned during his time at Newcastle, as well as money generated through his other passions such as horse racing, has helped the 30 year old net a tide sum during his career.
1. David Beckham (£120 million) – Well lets be honest, its not real surprise to see David Beckham at number one is it? Having played for Europe’s elite in Manchester United and Real Madrid, Beckham has secured a large amount of income not only in his weekly wage but also the massive amounts which the England player received for various sponsorships and promotions. Now applying his trade at MLS side LA Galaxy, the David Beckham brand continues to grow, netting the 35 year old a healthy fortune in the process.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!