The 20 Highest Paid Premier League Players in 2021/2022 Season

The premier league is the most-watched football league in the world. The Highest Paid Premier league players are some of the world’s best footballers.

In the 2020/21 season, Gareth Bale, playing for Tottenham Hotspur on loan from Real Madrid was the highest paid player in the premier league earning £600,000 per week.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne was the 2nd best paid pocketing £400,000/week. De Gea came in third with a weekly salary of £375,000.

At the start of the 2021/22 season, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United from Juventus. Pocketing £510,000 a week, he now tops the list of the highest paid premier league players.

This article takes a look at the best paid players in the English premier league. Keep reading to know these players, the football clubs they play for as well as how much they take home every week.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Current Club: Manchester United

Weekly Salary: £510 K

Annual Salary: £26.5 M

Age: 36

Position: Forward (7)

12 years after leaving Manchester, Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford in 2021. He currently earns £510, 000/week making him the highest paid premier league player in 2021.

In 2021 Ronaldo was listed by Forbes as the world’s 3rd highest paid athlete earning an estimated $120 million in salaries and endorsements.

He is currently on a 2-year contract with United.

2. Kevin De Bruyne

Current Club: Manchester City

Weekly Salary: £400 K

Annual Salary: £20.8 M

Age: 30

Position: Midfielder (17)

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Kevin De Bruyne is the best paid player at Manchester City and the 2nd highest paid player in the premier league.

He was also the 2nd best paid player last season after Gareth Bale. De Bruyne’s contract with Manchester City expires in 2025. He will be earning a base salary of £20.8 million every year.

Since joining Manchester City in 2015, De Bruyne has scored 42 goals in 182 appearances for the club.

3. David De Gea

Current Club: Manchester United

Weekly Salary: £375 K

Annual Salary: £19.5 M

Age: 30

Position: Goalkeeper (1)

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He’s the highest paid goalkeeper and one of the highest paid players in the premier league. Making £375 K/week, De Gea is currently the 2nd best paid player at Old Trafford.

De Gea joined United in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and is currently on a 6-year contract with united which is expected to run until 2024.

4. Jadon Sancho

Current Club: Manchester United

Weekly Salary: £350 K

Annual Salary: £18.2 M

Age: 21

Position: Forward (25)

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At just 21, Sancho is one of the highest paid premier league players right now. He joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund in one of the most expensive football transfers of all time.

In the 2020/21 season while at Dortmund, Sancho earned £190 K per week according to sportekz. He was the Bundesliga player of the month in February 2020 and in February 2021.

5. Raphael Varane

Current Club: Manchester United

Weekly Salary: £340 K

Annual Salary: £17.7 M

Age: 28

Position: Defender (19)

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Raphael Varane is one of the world’s best football defenders, the reason why he’s one of the English Premier League highest paid players.

Varane joined United in 2021 from Real Madrid. He made his debut for the club in August 2021 against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Reds won the match 1-0 with Varane giving the assist to the winning goal.

6. Romelu Lukaku

Current Club: Chelsea

Weekly Salary: £325 K

Annual Salary: £16.9 M

Age: 28

Position: Forward (9)

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After leaving Chelsea in 2014, Romelu Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge in 2021. This was the 7th most expensive football transfer of all time.

Lukaku is the best paid footballer at Chelsea followed by N’Golo Kante.

He was named the Serie A most valuable player in the 2020-21 season while playing for Inter Milan.

According to Wikipedia Lukaku has scored over 255 goals in more than 500 appearances in his career.

7. Jack Grealish

Current Club: Manchester City

Weekly Salary: £300 K

Annual Salary: £15.6 M

Age: 26

Position: Midfielder (10)

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Taking home £300 K every week, Jack Grealish is one of the highest paid premier league players.

He joined Manchester City in 2021 for €117 m in one of the most expensive football transfers of all time. Grealish is the second-best-paid player at Etihad after Kevin De Bruyne.

The former Aston Villa player is on a 6-year contract (until 2027) with Manchester City. He’s the club’s most expensive signing ever.

Jack Grealish is the 6th most expensive footballer of all time. Grealish

7. Raheem Sterling

Current Club: Manchester City

Weekly Salary: £300 K

Annual Salary: £15.6 M

Age: 26

Position: Midfielder (7)

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Sterling is the third-best-paid football player at Manchester City. In the 2020-21 season, he was the 2nd highest paid player at the club.

Since joining Manchester City in 2015, Sterling has made 200 appearances and scored 79 goals for the club.

9. N’Golo Kante

Current Club: Chelsea

Weekly Salary: £290 K

Annual Salary: £15 M

Age: 30

Position: Midfielder (7)

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N’Golo Kante is the 2nd best paid player at Chelsea after Romelu Lukaku. He’s one of the best midfielders in the English premier league.

Kante has been the highest paid player at Chelsea since 2018. His current contract runs until 2023.

N’Golo Kante is a Muslim.

9. Paul Pogba

Current Club: Manchester United

Weekly Salary: £290 K

Annual Salary: £15 M

Age: 28

Position: Midfielder (6)

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Paul Pogba earns £290 K per week and is one of the highest paid premier league players. He’s also the 5th best paid player at Manchester United right now.

In the 2017-18 premier league season, Pogba was the highest paid player at Manchester United earning £290 K every week.

Since joining the Reds in 2016, he has scored 28 goals in 142 matches for the club.

Pogba’s current contract with United expires in 2022.

11. Timo Werner

Current Club: Chelsea

Weekly Salary: £272 K

Annual Salary: £14.1 M

Age: 25

Position: Forward (11)

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He’s the 3rd best paid player at Chelsea and the premier league’s 11th highest paid.

Werner who joined Chelsea in 2020 is currently on a 5-year contract with the club.

In November and December 2019, Timo Werner was named the Bundesliga player of the month.

12. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Current Club: Arsenal

Weekly Salary: £250 K

Annual Salary: £13 M

Age: 32

Position: Forward (14)

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Aubameyang is currently the 2nd most expensive signing by Arsenal after Nicolas Pepe. He’s also the highest paid player at Arsenal followed by Thomas Partey.

Aubameyang was also the best paid player at Arsenal in the 2020-21 premier league season.

Since joining Arsenal in 2018, he has scored 65 goals for the club. Aubameyang was also named the Premier League Player of the Month in October 2018 as well as September 2019.

In the 2019-20 season, the Gabonese national won the Arsenal Player of the Season Award.

12. John Stones

Current Club: Manchester City

Weekly Salary: £250 K

Annual Salary: £13 M

Age: 27

Position: Defender (5)

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Stones is one of the highest paid premier league players in the 2021-22 season. He’s also the 4th best paid player at Manchester City and the 2nd highest paid defender in the premier league.

In 2021 John Stones renewed his contract with Manchester City until 2026.

12. Edison Cavani

Current Club: Manchester United

Weekly Salary: £250 K

Annual Salary: £13 M

Age: 34

Position: Forward (21)

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Edison Cavani is one of the best paid players at Manchester United as well as the premier league.

Cavani joined United in 2020 and scored 10 goals in the 2020-21 season. He became the 3rd Manchester United player, aged 33 or more, to ever score 10 or more goals in a single season.

Throughout his career, Edison Cavani has scored more than 370 goals.

12. Anthony Martial

Current Club: Manchester United

Weekly Salary: £250 K

Annual Salary: £13 M

Age: 25

Position: Forward (9)

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Martial is the 4th best paid striker at Manchester United. Earning £250 K every week, he’s also one of the highest paid premier league players.

Martial’s current contract will see him stay at Old Trafford until 2025. He will be earning a base salary of £13 million every year.

Since joining United in 2015, Martial has scored 55 goals in 171 appearances for the club.

16. Virgil Van Dijk

Current Club: Liverpool

Weekly Salary: £220 K

Annual Salary: £11.4 M

Age: 30

Position: Defender (4)

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In 2021 Van Dijk signed a new 4-year contract with Liverpool that will see him stay at Anfield until 2025.

After the new contract, Van Dijk became the best paid player at the club taking home £220,000 weekly.

The Liverpool center-back is also the 3rd highest paid defender in the English premier league.

In the 2019-20 season, Van Dijk was the top goal-scoring defender in the premier league with 5 goals.

17. Thomas Partey

Current Club: Arsenal

Weekly Salary: £200 K

Annual Salary: £10.4 M

Age: 28

Position: Midfielder (5)

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Thomas Partey is Arsenal’s 2nd best paid player and one of the highest paid premier league players.

He’s also the second-best paid football player from Africa playing in the English premier league after Aubameyang.

After joining Arsenal for £45 million in 2020, Partey became the most expensive Ghanaian player of all time.

17. Thiago Alcantara

Current Club: Liverpool

Weekly Salary: £200 K

Annual Salary: £10.4 M

Age: 30

Position: Midfielder (6)

thiago-alcantara

Thiago is the 2nd best paid player at Liverpool. In the 2020-21 premier league season, he was the best paid player at the club.

In the 2021-22 season, he was overtaken by Virgil Van Dijk after the defender signed a new contract with the club.

Thiago spent 7 years with Bayern Munich before joining Liverpool in 2020.

17. Mohamed Salah

Current Club: Liverpool

Weekly Salary: £200 K

Annual Salary: £10.4 M

Age: 29

Position: Forward (11)

mohammed-salah

Mo Salah is often considered one of the world’s best players, which explains why he’s also one of the highest paid premier league players.

In the 2020-21 premier league season Salah was the 2nd highest goal scorer (with 23 goals) after Harry Kane (with 25 goals).

In the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, Salah was Liverpool’s highest paid player.

Mohammed Salah’s current contract with Liverpool runs until 2023.

17. Marcus Rashford

Current Club: Manchester United

Weekly Salary: £200 K

Annual Salary: £10.4 M

Age: 23

Position: Forward (10)

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Rashford is the 2nd highest paid youngster at Old Trafford after Jadon Sancho.

Last season he scored 11 goals for United and was the 15th highest goal scorer according to premierleague.com

Marcus Rashford is the 8th best paid player at Manchester United.

17. Harry Kane

Current Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Weekly Salary: £200 K

Annual Salary: £10.4 M

Age: 28

Position: Forward (10)

harry-kane

Harry Kane is often regarded as one of the world’s best strikers. Taking home £200 K every week, he’s one of the highest paid premier league players. Kane is also the best paid soccer player at Tottenham.

In the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2020-21 premier league seasons, Harry Kane was the best goal scorer with 25, 29, and 23 goals respectively.

Harry Kane is the 7th all-time top goal scorer in the premier league with 166 goals.

17. Tanguy Ndombele

Current Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Weekly Salary: £200 K

Annual Salary: £10.4 M

Age: 24

Position: Midfielder (28)

tanguy-ndombele

Also pocketing £200 K a week is Tanguy Ndombele which makes him the best paid player at Tottenham Hotspur alongside Harry Kane.

Tanguy is one of five best paid midfielders in the English premier league. He’s also the 3rd best paid player below 25 years.

The midfielder’s current 5-year contract with Tottenham runs until 2025.

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