EPL : Players and Manager with the Highest Wages in the English Premier League
The English Premier League is constantly under the microscope when it comes to the wages that are paid by its clubs to managers and in particularly to players.
In days gone by, top players in the football league were earning, in one year, what today's stars earn in a week!
The spiralling wages of star players is threatening to pull clubs and the league itself to the brink of bankruptcy, with salaries becoming uncontrollable.
The arrival of the billionaires into the English Premier League, such as Chelsea's Roman Abramovich and Manchester City's Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has pushed the boundaries of wages beyond belief.
The answer may well be a salary cap, similar to that which is imposed on certain sports in the United States. There have been discussions about this very issue in recent times, but there has not been any concrete moving toward this.
The following slideshow is of the highest paid manager in the English Premier League and the highest paid goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and striker.
The Highest Paid Manager: Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger is currently the highest paid manager in the English Premier League, with an weekly wage of around £115,000 per week.
This astonishing sum of money ranks him alongside some of the highest paid players. Gone are the days where managers lag behind their players in terms of their earnings.
The 61-year-old Frenchman joined Arsenal in 1996 from the Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight and was not really a household name.
In his time at with the Gunners, Wenger has gone on to shape a playing philosphy that was totally different to the chants that his predecessors were subjected to of "boring, boring Arsenal."
Flair, creativity and beautiful football have been the hallmark of Wenger's Arsenal.
The Frenchman has won three League titles and four FA Cups, including the League and Cup double twice in the 1997-98 and 2001-02 seasons.
Wenger has been good value for money for Arsenal but has come under serious pressure in the last few seasons for not having won any silverware for the last six years.
But at an annual salary of around £6 million a year, Wenger comes in as the highest paid managers in the English Premier League.
The Highest Paid Goalkeeper: Petr Cech
Chelsea's 29-year-old Czech Republic international goalkeeper, Petr Cech is the English Premier League's top earning stopper, with a weekly wage of around £96,0000.
Cech signed for the Blues from Rennes in 2004 for £7 million and quickly became their No.1, ousting the then first choice Carlo Cudicini, who unluckily got injured in the 2004-05 preseason.
In the 2006-07 season, with less than a minute on the game clock in a league encounter with Reading, Cech and Steven Hunt challenged for a ball played into the box. Hunt's knee collided with Cech's head and the Chelsea goalkeeper was forced out of the game.
In a strange turn of events, Cudicini, who replaced Cech, was himself knocked unconscious late in the game, and John Terry had to take over in goal.
Cech was later found to have suffered a depressed skull fracture that doctors later revealed was life threatening.
Cech returned four months later sporting a rugby style head-guard, which he has worn in every game ever since and become his trademark.
An immensely talented goalkeeper, Cech has assisted Chelsea to three League titles, including back-to-back titles in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, three FA Cups and two League Cups.
Personally Cech has collected the Barclays Golden Glove on two occasions.
Most would agree that he is worth it.
The Highest Paid Defender: John Terry
The Chelsea and England captain John Terry is the highest earning defender in the English Premier League with a salary of around £130,000 a week.
Terry is Chelsea through and through being a local lad and having spend his entire career at Stamford Bridge.
His break through season was the 2000-01 campaign, when he started 23 games and was voted the club's player of the year.
Soon after in December 2001, Terry captained Chelsea for the first time in a game against Charlton Athletic.
Terry really came into his own when he was made the club captain by Jose Murinho, and it was under his guidance that Terry flourished, encouraged by the confidence that his manager had in him.
A strong, battling, never say die defender, Terry leads by example and in 2006 was given the England captain's armband, scoring in his first match. But in 2010, he was stripped of the captaincy for indiscretions in his private life, and Rio Ferdinand took over.
It was only due to a long-term injury to Ferdinand that Fabio Capello returned the armband to Terry again.
Terry is not the most graceful of defenders, nor is he the most elegant. What he is, is no nonsense, committed and strong.
Whether he is worth his huge wages is debatable, but one thing is for certain. Chelsea would not be where they are without their highly paid central defender and captain.
The Highest Paid Midfielder: YaYa Toure
Manchester City signed Yaya Toure from Barcelona in 2010 for around £24 million and promptly made him the highest paid midfielder in the Premier League, with a whooping £190,000 a week wage packet.
The amount was astonishing as at Barcelona, Toure had made a name for himself as a defensive midfielder. A literal "man-mountain" Toure appears far larger than his 1.92m height and is an imposing figure.
Manchester City have employed Toure in a more advanced role and the player has responded with some typically powerful, yet graceful performances.
The digits two and four play a central role in Toure's City life, £24 million was his transfer fee, he was allocated the squad number of 42, which was the reverse of his number at Barcelona.
In his relatively short time at Eastlands, Toure has become a crowd favorite. He was the Man of The Match in City's win over their city rivals Manchester United in last season's FA Cup semifinal. He went on to score City's goal in their 1-0 win over Stoke City in the final.
Given the wealth of talent that play in midfield in the Premier League, many would say that Toure is far from the best. And logically if you are the highest paid, then you must be the best or at least close to it.
But City have the financial muscle to pay what the player demanded and one thing everyone would agree on is that Toure got a great deal!
The Highest Paid Forward: Wayne Rooney
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is not surprisingly the English Premier League's highest paid forward, with a massive £190,000 a week salary.
The 25-year-old from Liverpool, signed for Manchester United from Everton in 2004 for a staggering £25.6 million. The highest transfer fee for a player under the age of 20. At the time Rooney was 18.
On his much awaited debut, a Champions League encounter against Turkish club Fenerbache, Rooney did not disappoint. He scored a stunning hat trick, as well as laying on another.
Rooney went on to be United's leading scorer in the Premier League and was PFA's Young Player of the Year.
In 217 appearance for the Red Devils, Rooney has netted 102 goals. A superb record from a wonderfully talented player.
Rooney's goals have given United four League titles, including three consecutive championships from 2006 to 2009, two League Cups, one UEFA Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup.
In October 2010, Rooney stunned the world when he stated that he wanted to quit United. Despite declaring his motives not to be financial, Rooney made a remarkable U-turn when he was offered an enormous new contract extension making him the joint highest earner in the English Premier League.
Rooney's goals and all round game have been invaluable to United, and most would agree that he is the best forward in the Premier League and therefore probably worth the money.
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