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5 English Premier League football players with lower wage-per-week than Ben Stokes

Here's a fun read for football lovers after the IPL auctions

Top 5 / Top 10 20 Feb 2017, 23:39 IST
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was signed by Pune for 14.5 crores

Both before and after the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League auctions, it was England’s Ben Stokes who generated a lot of buzz. Before the England all-rounder went under the hammer, there was quite a buzz as to how much he would fetch. And Stokes lived up to the expectations as the Rising Pune Supergiants bought him for a whopping Rs 14.5 crores (£1.7m.)

If we move outside of the cricket ecosystem, and compare the £1.7m with what top football stars of the English Premier League earn, then the all-rounder is just a fraction behind the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney. In fact, he manages to overshadow a majority of the PL stars.

The IPL is an eight-week tournament and even though England players will return home midway during the league, let us assume he plays the entire tournament. If we divide the £1.7m by eight weeks, Stokes’ weekly salary comes to an approximate £218,000 per week.

For a fun read, here are 5 English Premier League footballers who are paid lesser than the amount Ben Stokes was sold at.

#1 Raheem Sterling (£180,000)

Sterling has six goals and 9 assists to his name this season

The Manchester City winger earns a weekly wage of £180,000 and has six goals and nine assists to his name this season. Sterling received a lot of flak from Liverpool fans after he forced a move away from Merseyside in search of a better wage structure and chances to lay hands on a silverware.

He joined the blue half of Manchester for a reported sum of £44 million from Liverpool in 2015. After a not-so-good last season, the Englishman has burst into life and is enjoying playing under Pep Guardiola. The Jamaica-born 22-year-old still has a long way to go in his career, and will only see his wages increase from here.

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