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Wayne Rooney and 20 Grossly Overpaid Footballers in European Football

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterApril 21, 2014

Wayne Rooney and 20 Grossly Overpaid Footballers in European Football

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    Wayne Rooney's shoddy showing against Everton on Sunday had Twitter up in arms about the amount of money he earns—£300,000 per week, per The Telegraph—in comparison to his production on the pitch.

    It got us thinking about all of those other lucky souls plying their trade in football, being grossly overpaid for their services to wheezing, financially spluttering clubs across Europe.

    Here, we present 20 of the most overpaid players on the continent.

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £300,000 per week, per The Telegraph.

    Wayne Rooney was almost single-handedly responsible for the breakdown of pretty much every Manchester United attack at Goodison Park on Saturday.

    He's conditioned himself to drop off play rather than make incisive runs and create room for passes, and despite the No. 9 role being his best position in the past, it's a role he now looks incapable of playing.

    With United in a very tight spot this season, they had no choice but to cave in to the striker's demands for such huge amounts of money.

Diego Milito, Internazionale

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £140,000 per week, per Goal.com.

    Diego Milito was once one of—if not the—most fearsome striker in Europe, capable of shouldering the goalscoring load, creating for his team-mates and occupying two defenders at once.

    For Internazionale he was magnificent during the 2009-10 campaign, helping the Nerazzurri haul in a UEFA Champions League win and scoring in excess of 20 goals for Jose Mourinho.

    He's now at the tail end of a big contract, limping his way to the end of an injury-blighted stay at San Siro.

Fernando Torres, Chelsea

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £175,000 per week, per The Daily Mail.

    Fernando Torres is still Chelsea's highest-earning player following his £50 million move from Liverpool in January 2011.

    The Spaniard has failed to hit form during his time at Stamford Bridge and consistently frustrated supporters with a number of false downs and odd great performances before resuming normal service and failing to trouble defenders for three straight games afterward.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Queens Park Rangers

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £60,000 per week, per The Daily Mail.

    Queens Park Rangers have been struggling to get rid of 32-year-old Shaun Wright-Phillips following their relegation to the Championship and it's little wonder why.

    His £60,000-per-week wage has scared off all potential suitors, with the former Chelsea and Manchester City speedster seriously underperforming over the course of the last few seasons.

Park Ji-Sung, Queens Park Rangers

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £70,000 per week, per The Daily Mail.

    Park Ji-Sung has rounded off a very successful career in English football with a spell at Queens Park Rangers—but there's no doubt his swansong move has been a bitter disappointment.

    The South Korean midfielder jumped at the chance of one last big pay day with the West London club, but his performances haven't matched up to his £70,000-per-week signature.

    He's currently out on loan with former club PSV in the Eredivisie.

Bobby Zamora, Queens Park Rangers

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £60,000 per week, per The Daily Mail.

    Are you sensing a theme, here?

    Another Queens Park Rangers flop, Bobby Zamora was signed from Fulham by Tony Fernandes as he sought to keep the club in the Premier League at all costs.

    The towering striker admitted just weeks after signing the contract that he "didn't really like football," aptly summing up his general commitment levels to the task.

Glen Johnson, Liverpool

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    Estimated weekly earnings: between £90,000-£110,000 per week, per The Daily Mail.

    Glen Johnson splits opinion quite vociferously, but no matter what camp you stand in there are few who genuinely believe he continues to be worth in excess of £90,000 per week.

    He's set for renewal talks with Liverpool, and he could use his participation in a title-winning season as a bargaining chip to retain his massive weekly wage.

     

Esteban Cambiasso, Internazionale

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £130,000 per week, per Goal.com.

    Like Diego Milito, Esteban Cambiasso came to the fore in 2010 during Internazionale's Champions League winning season—though this Argentine has been decidedly more prominent and consistent over the years.

    He still retains a regular role in Walter Mazzarri's 3-5-2 system but is set for contract talks at the end of the season as his deal expires. There's no chance he'll be returning at the current rate next year.

Riccardo Montolivo, Milan

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    Estimated weekly earnings: between £75,000-£100,000 per week, per Gazzetta dello Sport (via ESPN).

    Milan have been attempting to become more frugal on transfer fees in recent years, cutting out expensive signings, has-beens and fallen stars.

    But hunting in free agency has led them into handing over some pretty big wage packets, and while Riccardo Montolivo cost nothing from Fiorentina, he earns a real chunk.

    Shame his performances don't match up.

Philippe Mexes, Milan

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    Estimated weekly earnings: between £75,000-£100,000 per week, per Gazzetta dello Sport (via ESPN).

    Philippe Mexes was once a rock in France's national defence, which convinced Milan to sign him from Roma on a rather large weekly deal.

    The spark has disappeared though, leading to mostly underwhelming or sub-par showings at centre-back from the Toulouse-born man.

    Despite his poor performances, he's in the top bracket of earners at the San Siro.

Shay Given, Aston Villa

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £55,000 per week, per The Telegraph.

    Alex McLeish was brought to Aston Villa with the instruction of keeping the costs low and using money wisely, but one of his first errors was to sign Shay Given to a five-year deal worth around £55,000-per-week.

    The club had just let go of ultimate professional Brad Friedel, 40, and had been seduced by the idea that great goalkeepers can live forever. The 36-year-old Given had no hesitations in signing on the dotted line—and why should he have?

Alou Diarra, West Ham

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £60,000 per week, per The Daily Mail.

    After an impressive Euro 2012 campaign in France's holding midfield, Alou Diarra was pawned to West Ham for just £2 million after Marseille decided to cut ties with him.

    The Hammers took on his £60,000-per-week wage but were stung immediately by nasty thigh and knee injuries sustained by the player. A loan move to Rennes proved unproductive, and he still has one more year on his deal in East London.

Robinho, Milan

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    Estimated weekly earnings: between £75,000-£100,000 per week, per Gazzetta dello Sport (via ESPN).

    Robinho's grand career didn't quite pan out as planned, with almost every move made post-Real Madrid turning out to be a disaster in one way or another.

    He's now haunting the books of Milan with his disturbingly high weekly wage, and he's lost quite a lot of his effectiveness now his pace is starting to dry up.

Alex Song, Barcelona

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    Estimated weekly earnings: between £100,000-£150,000 per week, per The National.

    Alex Song pushed through a move from Arsenal to Barcelona back in 2012, and while he's certainly hauled in a reasonable number of trophies, he's not getting the playing time he expected.

    Sergio Busquets is undroppable in holding midfield, leaving Song the chance to make late cameos in sure-fire wins and occasionally deputise at centre-back.

    For £100,000 per week, though, it's probably not keeping him up at night.

Ashley Young, Manchester United

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £130,000 per week, per The Mirror.

    Ashley Young may have been very good for Aston Villa, but Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to rubber-stamp a £130,000-per-week contract for the winger was one of the worst he made.

    The England international has been plagued by injuries since moving to Old Trafford and failed to put together a reasonable run of games over the last few years.

    A bitter disappointment.

Marco Borriello, Roma

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £100,000 per week, per Goal.com.

    Marco Borriello is a solid striker, capable of holding his own in a mid-table team and holding the ball up well.

    Why he's on £100,000 per week at Roma, though, is a complete and utter mystery, as the Giallorossi already have no shortage of money tied up in numerous forward options—including £135,000-per-week Francesco Totti.

    He's out on loan at West Ham, obviously.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £100,000-£140,000 per week, per The Daily Mail.

    Emmanuel Adebayor's form since Tim Sherwood took over has been excellent, but over the course of his entire spell at Tottenham Hotspur, he's not provided value for money.

    He earns £100,000 per week from Spurs and a further £40,000 per week from former club Manchester City—a deal negotiated upon leaving the Etihad Stadium as an unwanted, overpriced flop.

Joleon Lescott, Manchester City

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £90,000 per week, per The Mirror.

    Joleon Lescott has been frozen out of Manchester City's XI, playing second fiddle to Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis, Matija Nastasic and even Javi Garcia at times.

    He's on £90,000 per week and spurned the chance to continue earning that sum in January, rejecting West Ham's promises of a similar wage—even if they were relegated to the Championship.

     

Andrea Ranocchia, Internazionale

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £65,000 per week, per Goal.com.

    Internazionale are fed up of paying Andrea Ranocchia so much money, and Walter Mazzarri did his level best to move him out of the club in January.

    It's always damning when you can't agree wages with a Turkish club, though, and Galatasaray have admitted they "laughed" when presented with the Italian's wage demands this January in negotiations for a loan deal.

     

Scott Sinclair, Manchester City

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    Estimated weekly earnings: £45,000 per week, per The Mirror.

    Scott Sinclair is yet another reminder to all managers of what happens in football when you panic buy on transfer deadline day.

    The pacey winger signed for Manchester City at the same time as Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell, and none of the three transfers have worked out.

    It's speculated Garcia is on £110,000 per week, though no record of that prevails, but Sinclair's wage of £45,000 per week—given his measly return—is arguably worse.

    He can't even get a game at struggling West Brom.

     

     

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