Up until recently, it was always the case that all of football's most famous stars took home the biggest salaries at Europe's top clubs. That's changed dramatically since the Saudi Pro League began targeting some of the sport's household names.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Karim Benzema now reportedly take home more than any player in Europe, while Lionel Messi isn't doing too badly for himself out in Miami. Still, the superstars at the top of their game at Europe's elite clubs continue to earn mammoth salaries.
Here's the full breakdown of the highest-paid players in European football, with their estimated weekly wages in Euros and Pounds. The figures are from FBref via Capology.
Manchester United's top earner following the summer departure of David de Gea made a big impact in his debut season at Old Trafford. The experienced Brazilian looked well worth the investment, having arrived in England with no fewer than five Champions Leagues under his belt.
Casemiro has started year two a little more slowly, leading to some prominent pundits asking the question of handing a player in his thirties such a lengthy and lucrative deal, but you'd be daft to write him off just yet.
Bayern Munich's captain has won two trebles at the club and has been at the club for each and every one of their 11 Bundesliga title victories in a row.
Needless to say, he's been well remunerated for those years of exceptional service, having last signed a new contract in the summer of 2022. Given those wages, you imagine the Bavarian club might have been more than a little p*ssed off that he broke his leg in a skiing accident and was out of action for almost all of 2023.
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