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HIGHEST PAID PLAYERS IN La Liga 2023

Despite salary cap imposition on all La Liga teams, mega-rich clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona still find it possible to tie players down to big money contracts. Atletico Madrid, a distant third in the list of La Liga Clubs with financial muscle to churn out heavy sums is left always playing catchup. They however pay their manager Diego Simeone a whopping €30 million a year.

Goalsvibe examined the top 10 La Liga players with the highest weekly using data from the most trusted sources. Please note however that all figures mentioned are before tax and do not include the array of bonuses usually buried deep in player contracts.

10. Koke – €307,692

Having come through the ranks at Atletico Madrid, Koke made his senior debut in 2009 and has since played in over 550 matches across all competitions. Despite being connected to both Barcelona and many English Premier League teams, he signed a new long-term deal in the summer of 2017 and making it possible for him to be on our list of highest paid players in the Spanish La Liga. The 31-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, but he has no intentions of ditching his boyhood club just yet.

9. Ilkay Gundogan – €360,577

Gundogan made the decision to sign on a free transfer to Barcelona in the summer after helping Manchester City to a historic treble in 2022–2023. That decision came with improvements in wages, moving from €162,075 per week at the Etihad to a whopping €360,577 per week.

8. Jan Oblak – €400,577

Since joining Atletico Madrid from Benfica in a €16million deal in 2014, Oblak has developed into one of the game’s finest goalkeepers in the world. He played a pivotal role in their title triumph in 2020/21 season, receiving the La Liga Zamora Trophy as well as the La Liga Player of the Season award. The Slovenian international is the second-highest paid goalkeeper in Europe, behind only to Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich, with a reported salary of €400,577. The towering goal keeper is enjoying life in the Spanish capital and recently signed a contract extension until the summer of 2028.

7. Robert Lewandowski – €400,577

Lewandowski played at Bayern Munich for eight years, winning numerous trophies and scoring 344 goals in 375 games, an impressive feat by all standards. In the summer of 2022, the striker made the decision to take on a new challenge and signed a contract with Barcelona worth up to €50 million. This came with a salary reduction, moving from €442,308 at the Allianz Arena to €400,577 at Camp Nou. After scoring 23 goals in 34 league games, the 35-year-old was awarded the Pichichi Trophy and a winners’ medal for La Liga in 2022–2023.

6.  Vinicius Junior – €400,577

Following his rise from boyhood club Flamengo, Vinicius passed on Barcelona in favor of a €45 million transfer to Real Madrid in 2018. Since then, the 23-year-old Brazil international has made a name for himself as top player evidenced by his game-winning goal in the 2022 Champions League final. His current contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and he may well become the highest-paid player at the Bernabeu if a new deal is signed.

5. Jude Bellingham – €400,577

Real Madrid prevailed in the summer transfer window for Bellingham beating off competition from a host of elite clubs. An initial  €103 million was paid toBorussia Dortmund an upfront with €30 million coming in add-ons and bonuses.

Aside the huge transfer fees, Madrid pays the Englishman a staggering €400,577 a week.

4. Luka Modric – €420,769

After moving to Madrid in 2012, Modric has had an illustrious career, winning three La Liga titles and five Champions Leagues. Subsequent to his 2018 Ballon d’Or win, the Croatian international’s salary increased significantly to €420,769 per week. However, it is insignificant compared to the annual salary of €66.6 million that Al-Hilal, a Saudi Pro League team, was willing to pay him in the summer. Unlike his former teammate Karim Benzema, the 38-year-old chose to stay at the Bernabeu instead of moving to Saudi Arabia, signing a one-year contract extension.

3. David Alaba – €432,692

Alaba declined many offers to extend his contract, including one for €15 million a year, and departed Bayern Munich on a free transfer in 2021. Before committing to a five-year contract with Real Madrid, he drew interest from Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Inter Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain. The defender didn’t come cheap, though, as Madrid paid €17.7 million signing bonus and is being paid €432,692 per week.

With him winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de Espana, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA World Club Cup, the 31-year-old has had an incredible start to his career at Real Madrid.

2. Toni Kroos – €468,846

As Eden Hazard’s contract was mutually terminated in the summer, Kroos replaced Hazard as Real Madrid’s highest-earner. However, due to the presence of Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Jude Bellingham, the 33-year-old midfielder has not been a consistent starter this season, falling rapidly down the pecking order. His current contract is set to expire at the end of the campaign.

1. Frenkie de Jong – €721,154

At Barcelona, De Jong’s weekly salary of €721,154 makes him the highest paid player in La Liga by a staggering margin.

Yachiga Tavershima
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