Raheem Sterling’s brand new contract sees him become one of the highest earners in the Premier League, with his new deal putting him amongst Manchester City’s top earners such as Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. But how does Sterling’s new deal, which runs until 2023 compare to the other big wage packets handed out in the Premier League.
Below we rank the top ten Premier League earners, before bonuses, courtesy of sportrac.
1) Kevin De Bruyne (£320,833 a week)
One of the top two players in the division is the highest earner in the league. Having conducted the midfield of the Premier League champions last term, Pep Guardiola is in a position to be able to pay KDB a huge amount. This is the base wage the Belgian earns but Man City offer a very generous bonus system.
2) Alexis Sanchez (£315,000 a week)
A man who certainly hasn’t justified his giant wage since his big move to Manchester is Alexis Sanchez. United had to go big with their wage offer to fend off interest from their cross-city rivals and from abroad, but unfortunately for them, Sanchez has not repaid that wage, failing to find the form that made him one of the league’s most dangerous forwards.
3) Paul Pogba (£290,000 a week)
Paul Pogba is a man who has fared slightly better at United, putting in some strong performances this season. Having been signed for £89 million he has a wage to reflect that large transfer fee but is still trying to establish himself as a dominant midfielder in the Premier League.
4) Raheem Sterling (£270k a week)
Raheem Sterling’s new contract sees him earn a base wage increase of 100k a week and become the second highest paid City player, excluding bonuses. Those bonuses see his new wage rise to around £300k a week if he can continue his good form. England’s highest paid player now must translate his club form onto the international stage.
5) Mesut Ozil (£268,750 a week)
Ozil’s new contract was a huge show of ambition for Arsenal as they broke their wage structure to keep the World Cup winner at the club Since then they have brought in Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and of course Unai Emery as they look to challenge for the Premier League title once again.
6) Sergio Aguero (£220,000 a week)
Sergio Aguero is well-paid by Man City but can earn a huge amount more by achieving various goalscoring bonuses set out for him. His injury problems have meant that City are wary of boosting his wages too high and this set-up seems to be a fair solution for both parties. If he can keep up his current scoring rate he could well be in for a pay rise.
7) Eden Hazard (£200,000 a week)
Eden Hazard, in many people’s opinion the best player in the Premier League, is way down on this list. The bright lights of Real Madrid are forever tempting to the Belgian whose contract expires is just over 18 months time. Madrid would be more than willing to give him a significant pay rise that is for sure.
8) Romelu Lukaku (£200,000 a week)
Another Man Utd big money signing is on this list as Romelu Lukaku is in eighth. He may not be in favour at the moment under Jose Mourinho but he is still a dangerous striker on his day. Again Mourinho will want to see a big improvement on his investment with this one.
9) David De Gea (£200,000 a week)
David De Gea is desperate for a deserved pay rise at Manchester United as he stalls over a new contract. His current deal runs out in the summer and he will be manoeuvring for a big pay rise. The Spaniard deserves to be United’s highest paid player as he is vital to their success.
10) Harry Kane (£200,000 a week)
Harry Kane remains at Spurs but just squeaks into this top ten. As a contender for the Golden Boot every season, he potentially deserves more if you compare him to others in this list.