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Manchester United record astronomical wage bill

According to the organizers, Manchester United tops the list while Liverpool overtakes Manchester City in the 2021-2022 Premier League teams with the highest wage bill.

Old Trafford spent $458 million on player wages last season, a 45% increase from 2017. At that time, Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest paid player, earning $575,000 per week.

However, the huge wage bill did not translate to success for Manchester United in the Premier League. The team went through a turbulent season with three managers, including Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, and Ralf Rangnick, finishing sixth in the Premier League and exiting all other competitions.


Currently, Ronaldo has left after a dispute with coach Erik ten Hag during a controversial interview with Piers Morgan in late December.

However, Manchester United’s wage bill could still increase significantly when the team brings in new stars in the summer of 2022, such as Casemiro, Malacia, Eriksen, and Lisandro Martinez.

Without Ronaldo, goalkeeper David de Gea is the highest earner at Old Trafford with a weekly salary of $450,000.

Liverpool is ranked second, with a wage bill of $436 million, a 75% increase from five years ago. The gap between Liverpool and Manchester United is $22 million, compared to $67 million in 2017. Anfield announced a profit before tax of only about $10 million in the 2021-2022 season.

Extending and increasing the salaries of key players like Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, and Trent Alexander-Arnold has led to a significant increase in wage costs.

In the summer of 2022, Mohamed Salah extended his contract for three more years and increased his weekly salary from $251,300 last season to $485,000, It made him the highest-paid player in Liverpool’s history as well as in the current Premier League. Therefore, the team’s wage bill will be even more burdensome this season.


Manchester City is ranked third with a total wage bill of $422 million. Kevin De Bruyne is the highest earner at Etihad with a weekly salary of $475,000. Manager of Man City – Pep Guardiola is also one of the highest paid coaches in the world.

According to Sunsport, Chelsea could overtake Manchester City to third place when “The Blues” have not yet announced their specific wage bill from last season.

However, according to Capology, a website that specializes in salary statistics, player contracts, and club finances, Stamford Bridge only spent $217 million in the 2021-2022 season. Kai Havertz is the highest-paid player, earning nearly $400,000 per week.

Tottenham’s total wage bill is $249 million, a 66% increase from $151 million in 2017. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s wage bill only increased by 5.6%, from $232 million in 2017 to $245 million last year. Gabriel Jesus, who earns $315,000, has overtaken Thomas Partey to become the highest-paid player at the Emirates.

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