The Premier League season 2021/22 has already begun, and all of the big players are ready to compete. Every club understands how crucial it is to get off on the right (or left) foot, and this isn't simply to fuel the overzealous "top of the league" chants. This season, almost 500 players will play for the 20 top-flight clubs, with just over 70 of them reportedly earning more than £100,000 per week. The following ten superstars have more than enough talent to pay the bills. Cristiano Ronaldo was a future superstar when he left Manchester United for Real Madrid 12 years ago, and he returned to Old Trafford as one of the greatest players ever.
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Despite his lower cost, Ronaldo will earn a massive salary at United, making him the highest-paid Premier League football player. Ronaldo immediately enters the top tier of Premier League earners - but can he overtake famous names like Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, and Jack Grealish to become the new No 1? So, here's a list of the Premier League's top ten highest-paid football players:
Salary per week
Kevin De Bruyne
David De Gea
Ronaldo is the highest-paid player in the Premier League, with a weekly wage of £510,000 ($702,000) for the returning Manchester United striker. The Portuguese striker replaces Gareth Bale, the league's biggest earner last season, who has returned to Real Madrid following a season-long loan. Cristiano is trailed by someone who is an important part of Pep Guardiola's tactical puzzle. In just 26 Premier League games last season, De Bruyne scored six goals and added 12 assists. Last season, he was a crucial piece in regaining the Premier League championship from Liverpool. His contract extension runs until 2025, and if all goes according to plan, Pep Guardiola's side may see their favorite midfielder reach 200 league appearances.
After that, there's David de Gea. Last season, De Gea maintained nine clean sheets in 26 appearances, and his contract with United guarantees him a position in the starting lineup until 2023. De Gea is followed by teammate Jadon Sancho, who will earn £350,000 per week after joining United in the summer. Raphael Varane is the fifth-highest paid player on the list and makes £340,000 per week. Former United striker Romelu Lukaku, who recently joined Chelsea, is sixth on the list. Big Rom will make £325,000 from this season.
Manchester City signed Jack Grealish this summer to bolster their attack for the coming season. Grealish is seventh on the list as he will make £300,000 from this season onwards. Grealish’s teammate Raheem Sterling will earn as much as Grealish. The 26-year-old scored four goals on his way to the final of Euro 2020. In the league, he also had 10 goals and seven assists. While they won't go down in history as his greatest achievements, Sterling's aura has been restored in the summer of 2021.
The Manchester City duo is followed by French midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba. The duo makes £290,000 per week. After driving a Mini Cooper to and from training at Stamford Bridge, Kanté's humility is quickly becoming legendary. The Frenchman would be a shoo-in if the beautiful game had a poster boy for pure work rate. With only a year left on his current deal, Paul Pogba stays put in the United squad amid transfer rumors. Pogba, at 28, has the experience in the locker room that United will need to finally step up and win the Premier League championship for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013.
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