Manchester United dominate L’Equipe list of the Premier League’s highest-paid players
According to French outlet L’Equipe (h/t Daily Mail), Manchester United players dominate the Premier League’s list of the highest-paid players in the competition, with Cristiano Ronaldo topping the charts.
One of the biggest clubs in the world, the side are known to have deep pockets as they are owned by the Glazer family, who are practically American royalty when it comes to the world of sports and have not shied away from spending on new players.
Forbes estimated that the Manchester side are the fourth richest club in the world, with an estimated value of £2.9billion. Despite their heavy spending, the team have failed to win a trophy in the last five years.
Following Ronaldo, Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne ranks second in the list of top earners in the English top-flight. Arguably the Cityzens’ most important player, there is no surprise about the Belgian making the list, proving his credentials as well as his salary by helping his club win the Premier League three times since joining them.
Four of five for United
Interestingly, the top five highest rankers in the Premier League’s top-earning footballers see the Red Devils own four of five stars. Apart from Ronaldo, goalkeeper David de Gea, defender Raphael Varane, and winger Jadon Sancho make up the rest of the top five list for the Old Trafford side.
de Gea is third on the list behind Ronaldo and de Bruyne, with the United veteran being one of the standout players this season between the sticks, producing match-winning saves and keeping his team in games with his quick reflexes.
Amongst the stars mentioned on the L’Equipe list, it is well worth knowing that Sancho, Varane, and Ronaldo were signed by the club last summer to bolster the squad and help us compete for trophies. Thus far, they remain trophyless in their Man United career following their summer move.
While Ronaldo hit the ground running, he has trailed off in 2022, apart from a spectacular hat-trick scored against Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the month in a crucial match to determine our top-four hopes.
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While Varane has been dealing with injury niggles since joining and has been satisfactory in defence, Sancho seems to be the brightest performer out of the new signings, with the Englishman slowly looking like he is back to his best and replicating his Bundesliga form while at Borussia Dortmund.
Next season is crucial for the club as well as these players, with a new permanent manager expected at the Theatre of Dreams. Man United’s hierarchy is looking to usher in a new era of glory from the new campaign onwards and will hope that the eye-watering wages being given to their top stars will bear fruit.