Haaland, Vinicius, Pedri, Fati: Who're the highest-paid U21 footballers?

When it comes to professional footballers currently aged 21 or younger, there are two who stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Manchester City striker Erling Braut Haaland and Real Madrid flyer Vinicius Junior are already two of the best players in the world, despite the fact they’re only just old enough to buy a beer in the United States of America.

Haaland has scored goals for fun over the past two-and-a-half years, while Vinicius enjoyed a spectacular 2021/22 campaign.

The Brazil international scored 22 goals and notched 20 assists across all competitions. He also bagged Real Madrid’s winner in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Yeah, Haaland and Vinicius are pretty special, so it will come as no shock to learn that they’re comfortably the two highest-paid footballers who’re 21 or younger.

But the duo aren’t the only players in the age bracket pocketing six figures each week.

Barcelona starlets Ansu Fati and Pedri are earning some serious dough, as are Bayern Munich pair Alphonso Davies and Ryan Gravenberch.

Barcelona starlets Ansu Fati and Pedri
BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 18: Ansu Fati and Pedri of Barcelona, both injured, look on from the Barcelona bench prior to kick off of the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Cadiz CF at Camp Nou on April 18, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammates Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo Goes certainly aren’t doing bad financially either.

So what are they actually all earning? Well, below you’ll find a list containing the 15 highest-paid U21 players and their individual salaries, with all the data sourced from the marvellous Capology website.

Amazingly, Chelsea‘s Carney Chukwuemeka takes 12th spot after completing his surprise move from Aston Villa this summer…

Carney Chukwuemeka in action with Aston Villa
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Carney Chukwuemeka of Aston Villa runs with the ball during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The 15 highest-paid U21 footballers in the world

15. Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur) – £80,000-a-week

14. Fabio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – £80,000-a-week

13. Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich) – £81,068-a-week

12. Carney Chukwuemeka (Chelsea) – £85,000-a-week

11. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) – £90,000-a-week

Gabriel Martinelli in action for Arsenal vs Leicester City
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

10. Sergino Dest (Barcelona) – £97,282-a-week

9. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) – £120,000-a-week

8. Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid) – £121,602-a-week

7. Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid) – £135,060-a-week

6. Ryan Gravenberch (Bayern Munich) – £149,166-a-week

Ryan Gravenberch in action for Bayern Munich
MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 14: Ryan Gravenberch of Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern München and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena on August 14, 2022 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

5. Pedri (Barcelona) – £152,084-a-week

4. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) – £182,404-a-week

3. Ansu Fati (Barcelona) – £226,181-a-week

2. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – £337,371-a-week

  1. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) – £375,000-a-week
Erling Haaland celebrates a goal for Man City vs West Ham
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on August 07, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

So, Haaland takes top spot by a considerable distance and he’s actually the third-highest paid player in the Premier League, behind only teammate Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United‘s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern each have three players apiece on the 15-man list, while Ligue 1 and Serie A both don’t have a single representative.

Given how much money Paris Saint-Germain are throwing at players these days, that’s a bit of a shock.

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