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Top Paid Football Players Through History

TOP PAID FOOTBALL THROUGH HISTORY PLAYERS Sources:, 1900s £4 per week limit introduced (equivalent of £228 per week in 2005) E1 E1 E1 E1 £12 per week limit introduced (equivalent to £344 per week in 2005) 1940s E1 E1 E1E E1 E1 E1 E1 1960s 1961- wage limit abolished Jonny Haynes, Fulham. First UK player to earn £100 a week (equivalent of £1,028 per week in 2005) 1961 E100 George Best, Manchester United. First player to earn £1,000 a week (equivalent of £10,280 per week in 2005) E1,000 1968 1990s Premiership era brings TV money to clubs, increasing their revenues and wage bills Bosman rule introduced, giving agents and players more power to demand higher wages when no transfer fee involved John Barmes, Liverpool. First UK player 1992 £10,000 to earn £10,000 a week Roy Keane, Manchester United. First UK player E50,000 to earn £50,000 a week 1999 2000s E100,000 Sol Campbell, Arsenal. First UK player to earn £100,000 a week 2001 Carlos Tevez, Manchester City. First UK player E200,000 to earn £200,000 a week 2009 Wage Comparison per annum Average UK wage Average UK top flight footballer wage 1980s £12,410 £31,499 x2.5 1990s E20,399 £164,806 x8 2000s £30,284 £756,382 х25 2010s £26,500 £1,160,000 x44 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s £1.16m Average UK footballer wage Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich) E11.9m Kaka (Real Madrid) E12.9m Fernando Torres (Chelsea) Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 2011/12 highest world football salaries (including sponsorships) E13.9m Source: E14.7m Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi). Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) E15.7m E17.2m E19.4m £24.3m E26.2m A E27.5m David Beckham (LA Galaxy) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) the SOCCER STORE

Top Paid Football Players Through History

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Footballers are paid incredible sums of money, find out just how things have changed with this infographic from The Soccer Store


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