The Premier League is a top-tier English professional soccer league for football clubs associated with the Football Association (FA). Contested by 20 clubs every season, it is one of the most watch, most anticipated and must talked-about leagues in the world of club football. Sheer competition between clubs ranking first and even some at the bottom of the league table is what makes Premier league so exciting.
Sponsored by the Barclays Bank, this league is also known as the Barclays Premier League and is commonly referred to as the English Premier League (EPL) worldwide. Moreover, this Football League First Division was broken down and renamed the FA Premier League on 20 February, 1992 to take advantage of lucrative television rights. The Premier League has established itself as the most-watched league in the world with its broadcasts in 212 countries, reaching 643 million homes and an audience of around 4.7 billion.
Top-level teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and many more have taken English football across Europe, competing with other top teams to secure a top spot in UEFA rankings. With this sort of competition, support and scope of football in England, top players come in during the summer and winter transfers to experience a greater soccer platform and open gates for their successful footballing careers. Because of the skill, talent and passion they demonstrate on the pitch, it’s not uncommon to see teams spent millions to have their players of choice transfered to their club.
So, let us take a look at the top 10 highest-paid soccer players currently in the Premier League.
10. David Silva- £160,000 per week
David Silva is a Spanish footballer playing for the Manchester City side in the Premier League as well as the Spanish national team. An attacking midfielder, Silva can also play as a winger or a second striker on the pitch. An integral part of the Spanish national team, he already has been a part of the UEFA Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Having spent six years at Valencia CF, he moved on to the Manchester City side in 2010 and has been playing for the club ever since. After joining Manchester City, he won the FA Cup and Premier League, and also made more than 100 appearances for the Citizens. Because of his amazing passing skills and possession-maintaining capabilities, he is also named ‘Merlin’ by his team mates. David Silva is paid £160,000 a week at the Etihad with his contract expiring in 2017.
9. John Terry- £175,000 per week
One of the most successful captains in English club football, John Terry plays for Chelsea FC and the English national team. Making his way through the West Ham youth Academy, Terry moved to Chelsea in 1995 and joined the first team in 1998. Having won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League, Terry is regarded as arguably the finest captains in Premier League football. He is also the highest-scoring defender in the Premier League. With his contract expiring in 2014, John Terry is making a wage of £175,000 a week for the London Club.
8. Fernando Torres- £175,000 per week
Fernando Torres, nicknamed El Nino, is a Spanish footballer playing as a striker at Chelsea FC in the Premier League and the Spanish national team. He started out his professional football career at Atletico Madrid in 2001 and moved to Premier League side Liverpool in 2007 for a fee reportedly around £25 million. He became a prolific striker at the Liverpool club, scoring more than 20 goals in his first season and being the fastest Liverpool players to score 50 league goals. He then left for the Chelsea side in 2011 for a British transfer fee of £50 million, making him the most expensive Spanish player in history. Torres won FA Cup, Europa League, and Champions League with the Blues side. Often criticized today for not displaying the great skill he once had, Torres is paid £175,000 a week at Chelsea.
7. Mesut Ozil- £180,000 per week
German footballer Mesut Ozil plays for the Premier League club Arsenal and the German national team. A youth national team member since 2006, Ozil has been playing for his country since 2009 in senior level competitions. Mesut Ozil started out his professional football career at Schalke in 2006 and was transferred to Werder Bremen in 2008. After his prolific displays in the World Cup competition, Real Madrid capture him in 2010. He then moved to Premier League club Arsenal on transfer deadline day for the club-record fee of £42.5 million, making him the highest-paid German footballer of all time. Often compared to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane, Ozil is paid £180,000 a week at the London club.
6. Eden Hazard- £185,000 per week
A Youngster playing for the Chelsea, Eden Hazard is one of the finest attacking midfielders in the Premier League, playing as a winger for his club and the Belgium national team. Known for his creativity, technical abilities and speed, he is regarded as one of the finest dribblers in Premier League football. After starting out his professional football career at Stade Brainois and Tubize, he moved to France to experience first division football at Lille in 2005. Hazard departed the French club in 2012 for the Premier League side Chelsea in 2012 for a fee of £32million. Having represented his nation at U-17 and U-19 level competitions, he made his senior debut in 2008 when he was just 17 years and 316 days old. Eden Hazard is paid £185,000 a week in the Stamford Bridge club.
5. Luis Suarez- £225,000 per week
Luis Suarez is a Uruguayan footballer playing for both Liverpool and the Uruguayan national team. A complete striker of the modern-day Premier League this season, Suarez ranks as the number 1 goal scorer this season. After moving to Groningen in 2006, he was transferred to Ajax in 2007 for a fee of £6.25 million. Soon he became the Ajax Player of the Year in 2008 and was named the captain of the team. He also became the highest league scorer with 35 goals in 33 games. Suarez moved to Liverpool in 2011 for a fee of £22.8 million. A prolific striker with a great mind for scoring goals, he’s earning a wage of £225,000 a week for the Reds.
4. Sergio Aguero- £225,000 a week
Born in 1988, Argentine footballer Sergio Aguero plays as a striker for the Premier League Club Manchester City and the national team of Argentina. The youngest player to ever play Argentine Premiera Division, Aguero has represented his nation at the U-17, U-19, and the World Cup as well. After starting his professional footballing career at Independiente, Aguero moved to the La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2006 for a fee of £20 million. Having won the Europa League and Super Cup for the Spanish club, he was lured to the Premier League money-spending giants Manchester City in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £35 million. He is also Manchester City’s highest-scoring player in European competitions with 13 goals. Aguero is currently on a salary of £225,000 a week as his contract is set to expire in 2017.
3. Yaya Toure- £240,000 per week
A complete box-to-box, deep-lying central midfielder, Yaya Toure plays for the Manchester City side and is known for his clear passing techniques and his physical presence on the field. Also playing for the Ivorian national team, he started his footballing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas. He also played for top teams in Europe including Beveren in Belgium, Olympiacos in Greece, Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine and AS Monaco in France. Because of his great on-field presence Toure signed to the Barcelona side in 2007 for a fee of £6.7 million and became part of a historic year with six trophies in 2009 for the Spanish club. He then signed for the Premier League side Manchester City in 2010 for a fee of £24 million where he is paid £240,000 a week with his contract expiring in 2017.
2. Robin van Persie- £250,000 per week
Dutch striker, Robin van Persie plays for the Manchester United side and the Dutch national team. A youth product of Feyenoord side, van Persie joined Arsenal in 2004 for a fee of just £2.75 million. His playing style and ability drew eyes of the then Manchester United boss, Alex Ferguson who lured him to the Old Trafford club in 2012 for a fee of £22.5 million. Often compared to Dutch legend Marco van Basten, van Persie also became one of the best players in the world with his exemplary goal-scoring sight and attack-minded play. Robin Van Persie represented Netherlands in 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012. The current captain of national team of Netherlands, van Persie has 78 caps for his country and is paid £250,000 a week at the Manchester United club.
1. Wayne Rooney – £250,000 per week
One of the best stars in English football who goes by the name Wazza, Wayne Rooney plays for the Manchester United side in the Premier League. Coming for a fee of £25.6 million from Everton in 2004, his arrival saw 5 Premier League titles, two League Cups, one UEFA Champions League title and a Club World Cup. Scoring more than 200 goals for the team, he ranks fourth in Manchester United’s all-time highest goal scorers. Starting out his professional footballing career for his nation with the U-15, U-17 and U-19 teams, he earned a place on the national squad in 2003. This prolific striker already has 88 caps for the national side and is paid £250,000 a week at the club, together with several other endorsements in his name.