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Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during the match between Manchester United and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford, Manchester, July 2022. Credit: PA Images
Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during the match between Manchester United and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford, Manchester, July 2022. Credit: PA Images

The Premier League is known as the richest in world football and players from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are on some of the highest salaries around.

With each club receiving hundreds of millions in television money, Premier League footballers are extremely well-paid and most of Europe’s highest-paid footballers ply their trade in England.

We’ve done some digging and, courtesy of Capology, have identified the 10 Premier League stars with the highest weekly wage as the 2022-23 season gets underway. 

10. Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea, £295k) 

Koulibaly has finally arrived in the Premier League after years as a semi-mystical rumour mill staple and Chelsea are paying him a wage befitting his world-class status.

After the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel moved quickly to sign the Napoli centre-back and he’ll be wearing John Terry’s old No.26 shirt.

9. Jack Grealish (Man City, £300k)

England’s great white hope – summer 2021 version – endured an underwhelming debut season at Manchester City following his £100million move from Villa.

But Grealish remains a player of immense quality, capable of beating his man and delivering incisive passes, and many observers expect him to perform closer to his ability in 2022-23.

“Jack is a number 10,” former City winger Trevor Sinclair told talkSPORT. “He’s one of these star players who gets fans off their seats and gives them excitement and we didn’t really see enough of that last season.

“We saw it against Real Madrid in the game where he came off the bench and was excellent, and I thought that should have been the catalyst to make him believe that he’s good enough this season coming and really hit the ground running.

“The season starts this week and I’m really hoping that he reproduces what we’ve seen him do at Aston Villa.”

8. Raheem Sterling (Chelsea, £325k)

It’s no surprise that Chelsea are paying Sterling £325,000 a week; the summer signing from City represents an upgrade on their exisiting forward options and is one of the best attackers around.

Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring for Chelsea in the Community Shield. Villa Park, 12th August 2012. Credit: PA Images
Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring for Chelsea in the Community Shield. Villa Park, 12th August 2012. Credit: PA Images

READ: Sterling next: The 14 players Chelsea have signed from their Big Six rivals

7. Raphael Varane (Man Utd, £340k)

Varane’s quality has never been in doubt – nobody has four Champions League gold medals alongside winning the World Cup without being able to kick a ball straight – but injuries meant his first season at United was distinctly unmemorable.

And, with the signing of Lisandro Martinez and Erik ten Hag publically backing Harry Maguire, £340k-a-week Varane may find himself the odd man out in United’s backline.

=5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, £350k)

After a contract impasse which threatened to overshadow Liverpool’s season, Salah signed a new deal until 2025 that makes him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

“At the end of the season, from maybe April until the end, there was a lot of talk about (his) contract and stuff,” Virgil van Dijk told The Telegraph in July. “We’re all human beings and maybe that affected him a little bit, unfortunately.”

But it’s safe to say Salah has earnt his pay rise and expect to see Anfield’s Egyptian King banging in the goals this year.

=5. Jadon Sancho (Man Utd, £350k) 

United will be hoping for a greater return on their Sancho investment this season but he’s certainly capable of living up to his billing…

Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho celebrates scoring against Southampton at Old Trafford, Manchester, February 2022. Credit: PA Images
Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho celebrates scoring against Southampton at Old Trafford, Manchester, February 2022. Credit: PA Images

READ: 21 amazing quotes on Man Utd’s Sancho: ‘Jadon’s a special player’

=3. David de Gea (Man Utd, £375k)

De Gea is by far the Premier League goalkeeper pocketing the most cash per week – second-placed Kepa Arrizabalaga gets a relatively trifling £150k – and United’s shoddy defending last year meant he earnt every penny.

The long-serving keeper is determined for United to improve this season, telling The Guardian: “We cannot do the same because it was a disaster. I really hope we’re going to play much better. It was very tough, embarrassing sometimes.

“Some games were a mess. It was painful, unacceptable. Sometimes, you have to feel pain to go up and keep going.”

=3. Erling Haaland (Man City, £375k) 

Forget his underwhelming Community Shield display; Haaland will back himself to break Premier League goalscoring records and City fought off competition from the cream of European football to bring him to the Etihad.

It normally takes players a season to acclimatise to Pep Guardiola but, at £375k a week, the 22-year-old will be expected to hit the ground running. And don’t tell us he isn’t in your fantasy squad…

2. Kevin de Bruyne (Man City, £400k)

Even at £400k, De Bruyne represents brilliant value for City; the midfielder can do things with a football that’d be considered illegal in parts of the Southern Hemisphere and was deservedly named the Player of the Season for 21-22…

Premier League Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates scoring against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, 6th March 2022. Credit: PA Images
Premier League Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates scoring against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, 6th March 2022. Credit: PA Images

READ: Forget Salah, De Bruyne was the PL’s best player in 21-22 & we can prove it

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd, £515k)

Ronaldo has spent the entire summer pleading to leave United, and we suspect Ten Hag wouldn’t be displeased if Ronaldo did so, but the 37-year-old remains the Premier League’s highest-paid player on £515k per week.

It remains to be seen whether that will remain the case after the transfer window closes.

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