Chelsea’s Top Earners Don’t Crack the Top 20
Chelsea’s two highest earning players are goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and midfielder N’Golo Kante, earning an impressive $9.7 million per year or roughly $187,000 per week from their base salary. While a staggering amount of money, these wages don’t even crack the top 20 top earners in football!
There is no shame in being paid less than a living Barcelona legend but many are surprised to hear that Chelsea don’t have any players in the top 20 earners in football, especially given their success in recent years.
The Top Paid Players Make More in Endorsements Than Chelsea’s Top Earners Do in Salaries
There is no shame in being paid a lot less than two of the world’s best players – Messi and Ronaldo. Considering the consistent level both have played at for the past decade, it’s safe to say both have earned their top spot as the world’s highest and 2nd highest paid players.
However, their marketability has resulted in some truly staggering endorsement deals that dwarf the base salaries of Chelsea’s highest earning players.
For example, Messi earns a reported $35 million a year in endorsement deals while Ronaldo earns even more at $44 million per year. Compare this to Chelsea’s Kante and Arrizabalaga salary of $9.7 million and you can see just how huge a gulf player earnings get at the top.
Of course, Kante and Arrizabalaga will have their own endorsement deals that will increase their overall wages, yet nothing in the same range as these staggering figures by the world’s best paid footballers in Ronaldo and Messi.
Four of Chelsea’s Biggest League Rivals Have Players in the World’s Top 20 Earners
The Premier League is regarded as one of the most competitive in the world, as evidenced by the emergence of the ‘top 6’ in recent years. This has seen Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspurs all battling it out for league supremacy and the covered Champions League qualifying positions.
Despite the increased competition in recent years, Chelsea aren’t dishing out the same lucrative contracts as many of the top 6 rivals, with only them and Tottenham Hotspurs not having a player in the world’s top 20 paid footballers.
For example, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is the 3rd highest paid player in the world with a yearly salary of $33 million. His teammate Alexis Sanchez is the 6th highest paid player, earning $30.8 million per year.
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is the 8th highest paid player ($30.2m/year), Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah sits at 12th ($25.1m/year), and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is the 15th highest paid player ($22.6m/year).
It’s an impressive feat considering how competitive Chelsea have remained in the past few seasons, winning the league.