Newcastle United striker Michael Owen is on a list of football’s top wage earners that has recently been leaked to the press.
Michael Owen – thumbs up – my wages are up there – sky high
The England striker, who plied his trade at Liverpoool and Real Madrid before arriving at Newcastle in August, 2005, is said to Â£107K a week at St James’ Park.
That’s equivalent to Â£5.9m ($11.8M) a year at Newcastle, which is bigger than CEOs of multi-national companies earn, who run companies with billions of pounds in revenue. But that’s the life and times we live in now.
The Daily Star reports a list of the game’s top earners which was published on a Portuguese financial website. Well, maybe this story isn’t as cast iron as we first thought. 😀
But hey, if nothing else it’s interesting and the report claims 11 of the 17 stars earning more then Â£100K a week play in the Premier League. That in itself is not surprising, because it seems every player wants to play in England these days.Â Hopefully, that’s not just because of the money, but the football in England is just top class and some of the PL matches we see in the US and around the world are a joy to watch.
The fact England has 4 teams in the quarter finals of the European Champions league is another sign of that dominance. Maybe if he had been allowed 6 teams in that number would be even more.
And 15 players of the top 20 are with English clubs.
World’s top 20 football earners
Kaka (AC Milan) – Â£143,438 a week
Ronaldinho (Barcelona) – Â£135,788 a week
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – Â£130,050 a week
John Terry (Chelsea) – Â£130,050 a week
Fernando Torres (Liverpool) – Â£126,255 a week
Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea) – Â£124, 313 a week
Michael Ballack (Chelsea) – Â£124, 313 a week
Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) – Â£122,400 a week
Thierry Henry (Barelona) – Â£122,400 a week
Steven Gerard (Liverpool) – Â£122,400 a week
Dider Drogba (Chelsea) – Â£117,619 a week
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) – Â£116,663 a week
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) – Â£114,570 a week
Michael Owen (Newcastle) – Â£107,100 a week
Sol Campbell (Portsmouth) – Â£105, 188 a week
Raul (Real Madrid) – Â£102,319 a week
Ruud van Nistlerooy (Real Madrid) – Â£102,319 a week
Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd) – Â£96,581 a week
Darren Bent (Tottenham) – Â£94,669 a week
Carlos Tevez (Man Utd) – Â£93,713 a week
Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack of Chelsea don’t seem to be earning their money, do they? Notice also that David Beckham does not make the list because his guaranteed wages at the LA Galaxy are relatively small, and his overall earnings are in promotional type events and advertising.
If only we could have the choice of three players form that list for next seasonÂ 😀
Didn’t see Titus Bramble on that list did you?
Just kidding. 😀
Match kicks off in 50 minutes.
Howay the Lads.