Barcelona, Man Utd & Arsenal: Which team has the highest wage bill in Europe?

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the highest-paid player in the world

Four Premier League teams feature in the top 10 of clubs with the biggest wage bills across Europe.

Teams in England’s top-flight are renowned for forking out serious sums on salaries these days, with £100,000-a-week deals commonplace.

But which club has spent the most on wages per player this season? Well, we’re about to find out.

It turns out that Premier League sides miss out on the top three, with Manchester United’s David De Gea currently the highest earner in the division on £375,000-a-week.

However, the Spaniard’s wage pales in comparison to the £1.15m Lionel Messi take homes each week at Barcelona.

Below, you’ll find the 10 clubs who have spent the most on wages per player this season, as well as their highest earners.

Data sourced from SafeBettingSites.

Ozil with Arsenal

10. Arsenal

Average spent per player: £4.78m

Top earner: Mesut Ozil (£350,000-a-week)

Worth it? Absolutely not. Ozil has not played a single minute since football’s restart and despite winning the FA Cup, the Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League.

9. Atletico Madrid

Average spent per player: £5.37m

Top earner: Jan Oblak (£350,000-a-week)

Compared to Arsenal, Atletico are getting value for money. Diego Simeone’s side are Champions League regulars and Oblak is the best goalkeeper in the world.

8. Liverpool

Average spent per player: £5.51m

Top earner: Mohamed Salah (£200,000-a-week)

Liverpool’s investment was rewarded by winning the Premier League in 2019/20, well played.

Salah with Liverpool

7. Manchester United

Average spent per player: £6.12m

Top earner: David De Gea (£375,000-a-weel)

For such a hefty wage bill, you expect better a better return than third in the Premier League. The less said about De Gea, the better…

6. Bayern Munich

Average spent per player: £6.19m

Top earner: Robert Lewandowski (£275,000-a-week)

Great value for money. Bayern secured a domestic double and Lewandowski has arguably been the best player in the world this season.

5. Paris Saint-Germain

Average spent per player: £6.81m

Top earner: Neymar (£600,000-a-week)

PSG spend big, but at least they have trophies to show for it after collecting another domestic treble in 2019/20.

Bale with Real Madrid

4. Manchester City

Average spent per player: £6.98m

Top earner: Kevin De Bruyne (£320,000-a-week)

De Bruyne’s wage is worth every penny, but for the £7m apiece total to be worth it, City will have to win the Champions League.

3. Juventus

Average spent per player: £7.71m

Top earner: Cristiano Ronaldo (£540,000-a-week)

The Bianconeri secured their ninth Serie A title in a row, but their sizeable wage investment failed to reap rewards in the Champions League once again – even with Ronaldo.

2. Real Madrid

Average spent per player: £8.5m

Top earner: Gareth Bale (£600,000-a-week)

As a team, Real Madrid are getting decent value for money after winning La Liga. But Bale’s astronomical wages are a serious cause for concern.

Bale with Real Madrid

1. Barcelona

Average spent per player: £9.37m

Top earner: Lionel Messi (£1.15m-a-week)

Messi may account for 10% of Barca’s wage bill, but they’re still not getting value for money overall. The club’s transfer dealings in the past few years have been pretty disastrous and they’re likely to end the 2019/20 season without a trophy.

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