10 footballers with the highest weekly wages in the world
The list compares players on the basis of their salaries before taxes
Since the advent of televised sport, football has gradually grown into one of the largest television products in the world. Football currently commands viewerships that are unparalleled in sport, and leagues like the Premier League and La Liga have strong overseas followings that bring in large sums of money in the form of television rights.
This increased influx of money has been matched by significant increases in player wages as clubs offer their star players a host of financial benefits to keep them at the club. The same can be said of clubs who look to acquire talented players, who usually do so by offering them more money than their parent club can afford to.
A prime example of increasing wages is the Premier League, where the average footballer's wage increased from £20 a week in 1961 to around £33,868 per week in the span of fifty years. While the growth in football wages was already rapid, the emergence of the Chinese Super League has precipitated this growth, with several talented players moving to China for exorbitant amounts of money. In this list, we take a look at some of the most highly paid footballers that are currently plying their trade.
#10 Paul Pogba - £290,000
The Frenchman made headlines in 2016 when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record fee of £89m, four seasons after he left the club on a free transfer. Pogba signed a five-year contract with United with a wage set at £290,000 per week. This made him the highest-paid footballer in the Premier League, a title which he still holds.
Pogba enjoyed a successful first season at Manchester United, winning the Europa League, the League Cup and the Community Shield. The French midfielder was key to Jose Mourinho's side and linked up well with Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
He began the 2017-18 season in similar fashion, scoring two goals and assisting twice in four games before he was sidelined by an injury. Pogba returned to action in United's win over Newcastle on Saturday, scoring and assisting to help United win 4-1.