Top 10 Premier League players’ most lucrative deals: Top 10
Top 10 players’ biggest commercial deals in English football can be found on their contracts, with a number of top-class performers earning a combined £3.9bn between them, according to data compiled by the Telegraph.
The figures include a record number of deals in the summer transfer window, with Chelsea’s Diego Costa earning £25m from Real Madrid and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez earning £12m from Manchester United.
The figures for Premier League stars in the latest period show the biggest-ever deals for a season and are likely to be higher in the future, with the likes of Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott also signing deals in that period.
The Premier League, which includes all four English leagues, has seen a surge in the number of contracts for players since last summer, with Manchester United and Liverpool the biggest earners last summer.
The figures were compiled by The Telegraph, which tracks commercial deals, with figures for the previous five seasons compiled by Sky Sports.
These deals include a new contract for Manchester United striker Robin van Persie worth £60m from Ajax last year, while Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is set to receive an extension to his current deal worth up to £40m from Barcelona.
The figures are also expected to increase in the coming years, with Sky Sports’ John Crouch predicting in January that a record amount of £150m will be paid to players this season.
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is the Premier League’s highest-earning player, with his current contract set to pay him around £120m over the next five years.
But with Manchester City also breaking the £120million barrier last summer with the signing of the England international, it appears the likes “others” will be more keen on getting big money.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling is set for a bumper five-year deal, with he earning £85m this season, and Liverpool also signed Chelsea’s Victor Moses on a five-and-a-half year deal.
“We have a long list of deals that are generating the most money in football.
The contracts we have have been signing have been worth over £100m,” said Sky Sports football writer Graham Hunter.”
It’s great to see the Premier Leagues’ commercial deals continue to grow, and this season has been the first to see some major money made.”
The Telegraph revealed in December that Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been hit by contract extensions this summer, while Chelsea have seen their new contract with Manchester Spurs extend for another five years, while the likes and likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all have deals set to expire in the near future.
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