Premier League footballers are paid an astronomical amount of money to do their jobs – even people with no interest in the sport are aware of that.
It is only natural to read about the six-figure earnings footballers take home on a weekly basis with immense envy, anger, awe or a combination of all three. However, in truth, these young men are simply being compensated for fulfilling their role in a business that produces billions and billions of dollars each year. With that being said, player wages are a mere fraction of the figures related to broadcast rights, sponsorship deals and stadium construction.
But in the eyes of football fans, none of that means anything when a player at their club is failing to pull their weight in relation to how much they earn. There are few things more infuriating than watching a striker – who scores goals for a living – continuously blunder clear-cut chances because the ball fell to his weaker foot. Whether the ball hit the back of the net or not, most Premier League strikers will have the lifetime earnings of an average person deposited into their bank account each and every week.
Clubs usually have some form of scale to ensure the most influential and important players receive the biggest financial rewards, leaving the back-up brigade to settle for sometimes as little as a quarter of the top earners. Irrespective of where an individual ranks compared to other pay packets in the dressing room, footballers must justify their earnings or risk giving the fans a reason to get on their back. Here is the most overpaid player at each Premier League club.
20 Arsenal | Theo Walcott
19 Aston Villa | Charles N’Zogbia
18 Bournemouth | Sylvain Distin
17 Chelsea | Radamel Falcao
16 Crystal Palace | Emmanuel Adebayor
15 Everton | Kevin Mirallas
14 Leicester City | Gokhan Inler
13 Liverpool | Christian Benteke
12 Manchester City | Wilfried Bony
11 Manchester United | Ashley Young
10 Newcastle United | Fabricio Coloccini
9 Norwich City | Youssouf Mulumbu
8 Southampton | Charlie Austin
7 Stoke City | Xherdan Shaqiri
6 Sunderland | Wes Brown
5 Swansea City | Bafetimbi Gomis
4 Tottenham Hotspur | Erik Lamela
3 Watford | Nordin Amrabat
2 West Bromwich Albion | Saido Berahino
1 West Ham United | Alex Song
Alex Song is the highest earning player and perhaps also the most ludicrously paid man to make this list thanks to his eye-watering £140,000-per-week salary. The on-loan Barcelona midfielder has made only 15 appearances for West Ham this season and has done little to remind the Catalan club why they bought him from Arsenal. The Hammers are flying high despite the Cameroonian’s underwhelming contribution, but they must surely endeavour to invest his colossal wages in more productive players next term.
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