Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling was forced to leap to deny claims on Twitter that he had demanded £50,000-per-week to stay on Merseyside this week.

The 17-year-old has broken through into Liverpool's first team this season and is said to be demanding a sizeable wage packet to match his new first team status.

The story comes as shadow sports minister Clive Efford warned Premier League clubs that the £5bn bonanza from their latest round of TV deals will merely fuel wage inflation for players in the coming years.

Footballers wages have long been a contentious issue, even more so in these austere times. Want to know who to direct your anger towards while you count they pennies? Well then look no further and check out the top ten richest players currently plying their trade in the Premier League. All figures courtesy of the Sunday Times Rich List.


10. Joe Cole, Liverpool - Worth: £18 million

 

9. Petr Cech, Chelsea - Worth: £18 million

 

8. Fernando Torres, Chelsea - Worth: £21 million

 

7. John Terry, Chelsea - Worth: £26 million

 

6. Frank Lampard, Chelsea - Worth: £30 million

 

5. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool - Worth: £30 million

 

4. Ryan Giggs, Manchester United - Worth: £33 million

 

3. Michael Owen, Stoke - Worth: £39 million

 

2. Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United - Worth: £40 million

 

1. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United - Worth: £45 million

 
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