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A total of four Manchester United players feature in the Premier League's top five biggest earners, according to French publication L'Equipe, with Cristiano Ronaldo topping the list on a pay packet of £2.2 million per month.
Last month, Championship side Middlesbrough knocked Ralf Rangnick's side out of the FA Cup in round four, while their poor form in the Premier League continues to cause unrest as they sit 20 points behind leaders Manchester City.
It has been a disappointing campaign given the talent at their disposal. And their reported annual spending on player wages will only bring more debate amongst supporters.
According to the guys over at L'Equipe, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest paid player in the league. He takes home a reported £2.2 million per month, which equates to £26.4 million per year.
The Reds reached an agreement for the former Juventus forward last summer and landed Ronaldo for an initial fee of £12.8m, which could rise to £19.4m through add-ons.
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is the second highest earner on £1.7 million per month [20.4m], while United goalkeeper David De Gea takes bronze position when it comes to pay, raking in £1.6 million every month [£19.2m]
Top 5 earners in the Premier League, per L’Équipe (gross/month):— Get French Football News (@GFFN) March 22, 2022
1 | Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United) - €2.63m
2 | Kevin de Bruyne (Man City) - €2.06m
3 | David de Gea (Man United) - €1.93m
4 | Jadon Sancho (Man United) - €1.85m
5 | Raphaël Varane (Man United) - €1.62m
In fact, Neymar takes home more wages than Messi, according to the French publication. The Brazilian earns a whopping £3.4 million per month compared to Messi's reported £2.8 million.
Kylian Mbappe, meanwhile, pockets £1.85 million per month.
Ligue 1's highest gross monthly earners, according to L'Éq:— Get French Football News (@GFFN) March 22, 2022
1 | Neymar - €4m
2 | Lionel Messi - €3.375m
3 | Kylian Mbappé - €2.2m
4 | Marquinhos, Marco Verratti - €1.2m
15 | Wissam Ben Yedder - €650k
18 | Cesc Fabregas - €600k
Top 5 earners in LaLiga, per L’Équipe (gross/month):— Get French Football News (@GFFN) March 22, 2022
1 | Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) - €2.33m
2 | Gareth Bale & Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) - €2.27m
4 | Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) - €1.91m
5 | David Alaba (Real Madrid) & Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) - €1.88m
Top 4 highest paid managers in Europe’s top 5 leagues (gross/month), per L’Équipe:— Get French Football News (@GFFN) March 22, 2022
1 | Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) - €3.33m
2 | Pep Guardiola (Man City) - €1.89m
3 | Antonio Conte (Tottenham) - €1.49m
3 | Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool) - €1.49m
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Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Instagram - Cristiano Ronaldo
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