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The Richest Footballers in the Premier League [GIF]

richest epl footballers The Richest Footballers in the Premier League [GIF]

The Sunday Times newspaper will publish their list of the richest Premier League players tomorrow, but here’s a sneak peek.

Manchester United playmaker Wayne Rooney tops the list with an estimated wealth of £45 million in the year 2012. He’s joined in the top 10 by fellow United teammates Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs.

Surprisingly, Michael Owen is third on the list, which just goes to show how much of a disappointment he’s been for Stoke City and how the club could have achieved more if they had signed someone who wasn’t on the knacker’s yard.

A few other surprises on the list include Fulham’s Damien Duff (what has he done lately?), Ji-Sung Park (who has been such a disappointment at QPR) and Joe Cole (who has been improving, but shouldn’t be in the top 10).

H/T 101 Great Goals.

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14 Responses to The Richest Footballers in the Premier League [GIF]

  1. Brn442 says:

    “Surprisingly, Michael Owen is on the list, which goes to show, how much of a disappointment he’s been for Stoke City”

    I’m confused, I not sure what Owen’s stint at Stoke has to do with his overall net worth, which I thought this list was about.

    I though Giggs’s net worth looked relatively low, considering he’s been at Manchester United since Thatcher was prime minister but unlike Owen, he never got a Bosman type, Madrid stamped, free agent signing bonus.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Fair point Brn442. Here’s what I was able to find a few minutes ago regarding the criteria for how the list is compiled:

      “The Rich List is based on identifiable wealth, including land, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies. It excludes bank accounts.”

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • brn442 says:

        Thanks Gaffer, I thought as much but if it doesn’t include liquid assets, then it is practically useless.

        If Fowler was stll a Premier League player, he probably would be top of the list, based on his supposed wise, off the pitch business decisions.

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      £860,000 basic pay for Owen this season. Keeping Fuller to bring off the bench in the last 30 minutes would have been more cost effective and satisfied the fans. It’s a joke to say he’s ever played for Stoke. Pulis has always wasted one squad place per season on somebody with a big wage who he hardly plays.

  2. Trevor says:

    No current Arsenal players on the list…I guess one has to leave the Emirates to make the big bucks

  3. Dean Stell says:

    It always strikes me how EPL players don’t quite make as much money as players in the NBA, NFL, MLB. You’d think that given the greater global reach of the EPL, that they’d make more….but it doesn’t work out that way.

    • brn442 says:

      Dean, it is complicated but first off, NFL players on average relatively don’t make that much, plus more than not – outside of marquee players, the money isn’t guaranteed.

      MLB teams play over a 150 games a season, the NBA averages about 80 – both excluding play-offs. A top soccer club, with cups and Europe, perhaps top out around competitively – 60 matches?

      But most importantly, soccer – even with all TV money, is not a sport that lends itself to TV friendly commercial breaks, the way American sports do. If it did, the $$$ footballers would indeed be making will lot closer to their American colleagues.

  4. Scrumper says:

    They should all be lining up to get Ji-Sung Park’s agent. 15M quid net worth for someone who can’t get into QPR’s side?

  5. Trickybrkn says:

    A lot of this is endorsement money. Owen, while not performing on the pitch, has always been a great public face for a brand. Like Beckham never made the lion share of his wealth from playing football.

  6. Pete says:

    Owen was playing at Liverpool when he was 17, He’s had a lot of years earning decent money

  7. Chris S says:

    Though individually top footballers don’t earn as much as other sports, as teams they tend to earn to earn more on average. Also considering that most teams have over 30 players on their books, if you look at the sports teams as a whole they’re paid a massive amount.

    This graphic will explain it better:

    http://www.sportingintelligence.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/GSSS-2012-top-12.jpg

  8. clay says:

    Confused. This is net worth?? What would net worth have to do with a player’s current performance? Also, the numbers seem low? Toure makes $300k £ a week so one would think he would have amassed $10mm over 6-8 years

    • Why? says:

      When Brian Marwood was asked about Toure’s wage he said it would only be approaching even near £200k per week if City won everything so clearly he isn’t near that amount as those bonuses would come to about £4m in the year. The press just don’t have a clue a even after they said he was on £200k per week they changed it to £250 be pending which source. Using sense it would seem Yaya basic is around £120k and then would explain why his raises by £5m only in the year. But what would I know? And Marwood’s not truthful like the trusty British press eh?

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