Barcelona have one of the biggest wage bills in world football – but which players currently have the most lucrative contracts?
The Spanish giants are deep in financial trouble with debts in the region of €1billion and those contracts certainly haven’t helped.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has put a lot of the blame on his predecessor Josep Bartomeu, who was a very unpopular figure.
“Our salaries represent 103 per cent of the club’s total income,” Laporta said at a press conference in August 2021. “That’s 20-25 per cent more than our competitors.
“The first thing we had to do when we arrived was to ask for a loan of €80million because otherwise, we could not pay the salaries. The previous regime was full of lies.”
He continued: “We found the wage policy in the form of an inverted pyramid – veterans on long contracts and youngsters on short deals. There were no wages cuts – lies.”
Barcelona’s financial problems meant that they couldn’t even offer a new contract to Lionel Messi, who joined PSG on a free transfer.
Laporta has since implemented a lot of changes at Camp Nou and has managed to convince players like Gerard Pique to take a pay cut.
“We were very optimistic with the budget, we have lowered [it by] more than €150million,” Eduard Romeu, Barcelona’s economic vice-president, said on RAC1 Radio in June 2022.
“We are on a good path but it’s not enough. We have a €560million wage bill. Bayern [Munich] have [€]300[million] for example, and Real Madrid are close to 400. The salaries are totally disproportionate and inflated.”
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Using data from Capology, we’ve ranked every Barcelona first-team player by how much they earn on a weekly basis. Note: we’ve not included any payers that are currently out on loan.
As the stats show, Manchester United and Chelsea target Frenkie de Jong is Barcelona’s top earner and gets over €1million in wages every fortnight.
According to the Athletic, Barcelona have told the midfielder they want to annul his existing contract and return to the deal he was on before.
They claim that the terms given to him by the club’s previous board involved criminality and provide grounds for legal action against those involved.
Despite their financial troubles, Barcelona have continued to spend a lot of money on new signings. They have also added €1.24million to their weekly wage bill by signing Robert Lewandoski, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde.
One of the most shocking revelations from this list is that Miralem Pjanic, who has made just 19 La Liga appearances during his first two years at Barcelona, is currently on a contract worth €300,385 a week.
Fans may also be surprised to learn that young star Gavi is on just €4,038 a week – but he has reportedly agreed on a new contract with Barcelona.
1. Frenkie de Jong – €560,962
2. Sergio Busquets – €423,077
3. Jordi Alba – €400,577
4. Robert Lewandowski – €360,577
5. Miralem Pjanic – €300,385
6. Ansu Fati – €268,269
7. Ousmane Dembele – €264,423
8. Franck Kessie– €260,385
9. Raphinha – €240,385
10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – €220,385
=11. Gerard Pique – €200,385
=11. Andreas Christensen – €200,385
=11. Memphis Depay – €200,385
14. Jules Kounde – €182,692
15. Pedri – €180,385
16. Marc-Andre ter Stegen – €173,077
17. Ronaldo Araujo – €134,615
=18. Ferran Torres – €120,192
=18. Samuel Umtiti – €120,192
=20. Martin Braithwaite – €115,385
=20. Sergino Dest – €115,385
22. Sergi Roberto – €69,231
23. Eric Garcia – €57,692
24. Alex Collado – €27,885
25. Nico Gonzalez – €11,538
26. Inaki Pena – €8,077
27. Gavi – €4,038
28. Ez Abde – €3,462
29. Alex Balde– €3,077
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