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The Premier League is not regarded as the best league in the world just because it attracts some of the biggest stars around. One of the biggest qualities it comes with is the financial aspect. Whereas there are still glaring disparities in the earnings for players and managers, it remains the best paying and most prestigious due to that aspect.

Over the years, the amounts players are paid have been steadily rising and the wage bills at clubs have even made the league a very expensive affair for sponsors. To achieve their targets and place in world football, the Premier League just has to keep the wages spiraling. It is no longer uncommon to see footballers run down their contracts so as to attract bigger wages at their next station.

From the highest player in the league earning £10,000 a week to one earning £560,000 every week, the Premier League has really grown as a brand. Here we look at the highest paid players per season in recent years.

Gareth Bale:

One of the iconic players to have graced the Premier League remains to be Welsh star Gareth Bale, even though his success as a player was achieved in Spain, at Real Madrid. Bale played at Tottenham in the 2020/21 season on loan from Real Madrid and was pocketing £560,000 per week, making him the highest ever earner in the league.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

It took Ronaldo a return to the Premier League to smash the half-a-million ceiling. His second stint at Manchester United sees him pocket £510,000 a week, which made him the highest paid in the league in 2021/22. There was talk that United may let him go after one season but that has since gone silent.

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David De Gea:

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was the highest earner in the 2019/20 campaign after signing a £375,000 a week deal at the club. That amount also made him one of the best paid goalkeepers around, and he remains a top earner.

Alexis Sanchez:

David De Gea only took the baton from his team mate back then, Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean saw out his Arsenal contract to move on a free transfer to Manchester United and in return agreed a £350,000 a week deal. That made him the highest earner in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.

Wayne Rooney:

Manchester United have been in this money-spinning business for the better part of the recent seasons. This is despite not getting much returns. In the 2016/17 season, Wayne Rooney of Manchester United was the highest earner, taking home £300,000 a week. This was the fourth straight season Rooney earned that amount, before finally leaving United.

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