Barcelona spend more money on wages than any other club in the world, with their mammoth €487 million outlay nearly double that of Premier League giants Manchester City. Down is listed the clubs with biggest wage bills in Europe.
10. Borussia Dortmund -€187 million
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 11, 2018
Marco Reus is Borussia Dortmund’s highest earning player, earning £160,000 per week, He is also one of the highest paid players in the Bundesliga. The current Borussia Dortmund team is the most expensive in their history.
9. Arsenal -€232 million
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 11, 2018
One of Arsene Wenger’s key philosophies was to have his squad players well compensated for their work. Rather than shell out the big wages to the stars of the squad. Everything has changed. The Arsenal wage bill is higher than it’s ever been before.
Extensions for the likes of Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka, combined with the additions of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, have substantially raised the overall wage bill of the club.
8. Liverpool -€241 million
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 12, 2018
Liverpool had the third highest wage bill in Premier League 2017-18 season which came as a surprise to many. Total revenue turnover was around £302 million.
Unlike the previous seasons, they have been very busy in the last couple of transfer windows bringing in world record signings of Van Dijk in January 2018 followed by a big spending spree with Alisson, Naby Keïta, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri signing costing the club around £163 million just in Summer 2018.
7. Chelsea -€256 million
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 11, 2018
There has been a clear intention from Chelsea to reduce the wage bill considering their transfer business over last two seasons. They let go the likes of Nemanja Matic, John Terry and Diego Costa last year and their summer 2018 transfer business has only brought in one player Jorginho for around £52 million.
6. Juventus -€259 million
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 13, 2018
Juventus has gone through a massive overhaul in the last two summer transfers and in 2018 they pulled off a surprise with signing Cristiano Ronaldo for a massive £105.3m transfer fee making him the highest paid player not only in Italy but in the World.
Ronaldo signing is just one off as Juventus recent transfer activity clearly show the mindset shifting to acquiring younger players both from Italy and Abroad. They also signed João Cancelo for £36.36m and made Douglas Costa permanent transfer at £36m.
5. Bayern Munich -€265 million
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) November 13, 2018
Lewandowski is Bayern Munich’s highest paid player earning €225,000 per week. The current Bayern Munich team is the most expensive in Bundesliga history. Manuel Neuer signed a new contract with Bayern Munich after the 2014 World Cup making him one of the highest paid goalkeepers in the world.
Robert Lewandowski, Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben, Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman are the highest paid players at Bayern Munich.