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Highest-paid players in the Premier League 2022: Who earns the most?

Your complete guide to the top 10 highest-paid football players in the Premier League in 2022, including who earns the most.

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Published: Wednesday, 24th August 2022 at 6:27 pm
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Cost of living crisis? What cost of living crisis? Premier League clubs are based in 21st century Britain but their heads are in the clouds with spiralling wage bills sucking in huge proportions of revenue every week.

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PFA data suggests the average wage of a Premier League footballer has rocketed up to £50,000 per week, meaning every single player can now almost afford a fixed rate energy bill.

However, more than 70 players are estimated to be earning double the average, and that number will inevitably continue to inflate as teams continue to throw money at the brightest stars in world football.

RadioTimes.com examines the top 10 highest-paid players in the Premier League – the world's most lucrative division. We've based our figures on reports from Forbes, reputable news outlets and a variety of official sources to get us as close to the mark as possible.

All figures mentioned are before tax and do not include the array of bonuses and extra fees stashed away in the fine print of every contract. Players' various sponsorship deals are also not included but, in some cases, add extra zeroes to the end of their pay cheques.

Once you've checked out the highest-paid players in the top flight, check out the Premier League TV schedule for all the latest details on when each team is live on the box.

Highest-paid footballers in the Premier League 2022/23

10. Casemiro (Man Utd) – £300,000 p/w

The newest addition to the list is Casemiro. He is one of three ex-Real Madrid stars currently on the books of Manchester United and his final big pay day looks to be ideal for him.

The 30-year-old will be 35 at the end of his new contract, and he will collect a handsome £300k p/w for his trouble. That works out at around £78 million over the course of a deal he will surely see through to its conclusion – whatever happens.

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9. Jack Grealish (Man City) – £300,000 p/w

Nationwide heartthrob Grealish joined title holders Man City last summer, signing a six-year deal for his services, in a move that will add plenty of zeroes to his bank balance.

A lifelong Villa fan and club player since the age of six, the 25-year-old couldn't refuse the move to the reigning Premier League champions and a massive pay day to boot.

Grealish has enjoyed plenty of hype in the last couple of years, particularly following his exploits with England at Euro 2020, but now he has a British transfer record price tag on his CV, can he justify his enormous cost and weekly wages?

8. Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) – £325,000 p/w

A strong Euro 2020 campaign rebuilt Sterling's status as a superstar winger, and an acrimonious departure from Manchester City could give his career another shot in the arm.

Remarkably, Sterling is only 27 years old despite feeling like he has been around for far longer than his age suggests.

He still has plenty of time to showcase his many talents and Chelsea have provided the platform for him to become a main man at a European heavyweight, not just a slot on the 'Pep roulette' team selection wheel.

7. Raphael Varane (Man Utd) – £340,000 p/w

We said half of this list is made up from Manchester United players, and we weren't lying. Prepare for a rich vein of rich United stars now, starting with Raphael Varane.

The centre-back is an experienced and relentless winner. He has lifted the Champions League trophy four times with Real Madrid and will be desperate to make his experience count in Manchester.

He will have been earning a decent packet in the Spanish capital and moving to United has probably guaranteed him the biggest salary of his career in his last major move.

6. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £350,000 p/w

Salah has always been well compensated for his work with the Reds, but his wages have never touched the 'highest-earning' lists due to Liverpool's superb, disciplined structure.

Now Sadio Mane has left the club and Roberto Firmino can no longer demand parity at the top level, Salah has had a free shot at a major pay rise.

He signed a new multi-year deal in the summer, ending all speculation of a dramatic move away, and his wages now place him among the rich list.

5. Jadon Sancho (Man Utd) – £350,000 p/w

Up next, United's most expensive signing – in terms of transfer fee – since Paul Pogba. Jadon Sancho cost the Red Devils just shy of £80 million last summer.

The England international winger had tore up the Bundesliga with Dortmund but has experienced a muted start to life back on home soil.

Erik ten Hag's arrival at the club may not have had the desired effect in terms of club unity or a sustained upturn in form yet, but Sancho's marvellous strike against Liverpool will have done wonders for his confidence.

4. David De Gea (Man Utd) – £375,000 p/w

De Gea has made noises about remaining in Manchester for the rest of his career, but it remains to be seen whether he can negotiate a similarly colossal contract beyond 2023 when his current mega deal expires.

Now aged 31, De Gea is proving to have the staying power of previous long-serving United stoppers such as Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar.

He is the highest-paid goalkeeper in football world history and it's down to United fans to decide whether he has been worth the outlay.

3. Erling Haaland (Man City) – £375,000 p/w

Haaland has arrived in Manchester with a massive pay cheque that will only continue to inflate over the years he remains with the club.

By picking up a deal of this size at the age of 22, he has set himself up wonderfully for more major deals to come, though his contract doesn't expire until 2027.

Haaland isn't City's highest paid player yet, but he will undoubtedly claim that title if he can maintain his sparkling early form.

2. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – £400,000 p/w

A key piece in Pep Guardiola’s tactical jigsaw, De Bruyne recorded 15 goals and 8 assists in just 30 Premier League appearances last term.

He is a crucial cog in City's trophy-winning machine and the fiery Belgian international is back in the hunt for more silverware after his side fell short of the much-discussed quadruple in 2021/22, which would have consisted of the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup trophies.

His contract extension takes him to 2025 and if things go to plan for Pep Guardiola and his men, they could see their beloved midfielder surpass 200 league appearances for the club. If he sees his illustrious career out at the Etihad, there’s a strong possibility he could eclipse and surpass the number held by fellow countryman and club legend Vincent Kompany and nail down his place as one of the league's finest ever players – not only one of its highest-paid jewels.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) – £515,000 p/w

Ronaldo bagged himself one last payday upon his return to Manchester with over half a million pounds flowing into his bank account every single week.

United made him their most expensive player in history when it comes to basic salary, ahead of previous incumbent De Gea, and is untouchable atop this list.

So far, it's been a mixed return for the megastar forward. Ronaldo has scored plenty upon his return to Manchester but trophies appear a long way off, while rumours of teammates' discontent swirl around the club.

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