Now, top players in the football league were earning, in one year, what today’s stars earn in a week! A Premier League footballer earns on average £780,000 while a nurse takes home £23,500 and a teacher £30,000. Among the highest earners are Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who receives £250,000 a week, and Manchester City’s Carols Tevez, who gets £220,000.
The spiralling wages of star players is threatening to pull clubs and the league itself to the brink of bankruptcy, with salaries becoming uncontrollable.
The following is a round-up of the highest paid manager, goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and striker in the Premier League.
Highest Paid Manager: Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger is currently the highest paid manager in the English Premier League, with an weekly wage of around £115,000 per week.
This astonishing sum of money ranks him alongside some of the highest paid players.
Highest Paid Goalkeeper: Peter Cech
Chelsea’s 29-year-old Czech Republic international goalkeeper, Petr Cech is the English Premier League’s top earning stopper, with a weekly wage of around £96,000.
Highest Paid Defender: John Terry
The Chelsea and England captain John Terry is the highest earning defender in the English Premier League with a salary of around £130,000 a week.
Highest Paid Midfielder: Yaya Toure
Manchester City signed Yaya Toure from Barcelona in 2010 for around £24 million and promptly made him the highest paid midfielder in the Premier League, with a whooping £190,000 a week wage packet.
Highest Paid Striker: Wayne Rooney
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney unsurprisingly the English Premier League’s highest paid forward, with a massive £250,000 a week salary.
The arrival of the billionaires into the English Premier League, such as Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich and Manchester City’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has pushed the boundaries of wages beyond belief.
Top-flight earnings have shot up by more than 200 per cent since 2000 despite a world recession, leaving everyone else behind and reaching a level which has raised questions about the game’s financial sustainability. When bonuses from team and individual performances, image rights and other commercial endorsements are added, increasing the figures by up to 100 per cent, the gap is even wider. On top of this, the effects of the Sky TV deals with the Premier League are clear, making the competition the richest in the world.
The answer to ending ever increasing wages may well be a salary cap, similar to that which is imposed on certain sports in the US. There have been discussions about this very issue in recent times, but there has not been any concrete movement.
Lower Leagues Finances
Figures show that the increase in television revenues has also benefited players in the lower leagues.
The average salary for a Championship player is £250,000, while League One and League Two players can expect to bring in £80,000 and £65,000 a year respectively.
However the difference between these divisions and the top-flight are still huge. Naturally the better players will be played more money. But a £1,000,000 a year may be considered slightly over the top.
Especially considering the gap in quality between the bottom of the Premier League and Championship is becoming smaller. It is tempting to believe that is the case after seeing the three promoted