Top 5 highest paid midfielders in the world at the moment
Football is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in the world. Modern day football is not just about the game, but also about money. Clubs with rich owners can dictate the price and salary of the players in the transfer market.
Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, AC Milan and to an extent, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, and Juventus have dominated the club football in Europe with a lot of money.
Strikers like Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Hulk, Lavezzi, and Gareth Bale are earning in the upwards of £350,000-a-week right now. Also, some of the Chinese clubs paid an insane salary to attract top talents from across the globe.
Midfielders, too, are not far behind. In fact, a number of them are earning massive salaries at their respective clubs.
On that note, let’s take a look at 5 of the highest paid midfielders in the world right now.
#5 Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)
Barcelona wanted a world-class midfielder to replace Andres Iniesta, who turned 34 in May 2017. Barcelona identified Philippe Coutinho as a long-term replacement for the Spaniard. The Catalan giants approached Liverpool during the summer but they held firm and rejected multiple Barcelona offers.
However, Philippe Coutinho was allowed to join Barcelona in a £142 million deal during the January transfer window. Coutinho is a versatile midfielder who can play as a no.10 and on the flanks as well. He is known for his passing, vision, and dribbling ability.
The Brazilian made 201 appearances for Liverpool and scored 54 goals in his five-and-a-half years at the club. The 25-year-old is visibly at the peak of his career and will relish the opportunity to play alongside Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Ousmane Dembele. After his move to Camp Nou, he is expected to earn £240,000/week after tax.