Jordan Henderson is set to sign a highly lucrative deal with Saudi Arabian club Al Ettifaq which will see him become one of the highest-earning players in world football.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the Liverpool hero will earn a whopping £700,000 per week to link up with Steven Gerrard in Saudi which is absolutely mind-bending money.
We’ve compiled a ridiculously talented XI that will be earning less than Henderson combined once he signs for Al Ettifaq. Henderson will be earning £700,000 per week, whereas the total weekly wage of this XI comes to just £681,200. Note: all figures have been taken from Capology.
GK: Mike Maignan – £59,900
Perhaps one of the best goalkeepers in Europe last season, Maignan played a crucial role in AC Milan reaching the Champions League semi-finals.
The French goalkeeper will surely be in line for a new contract soon enough as his current weekly wage of £59,900 doesn’t stack up in comparison to Europe’s other elite goalkeepers.
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— ibb (@ibb_v3) July 16, 2023
RB: Jeremie Frimpong – £22,000
Having chipped in with 15 goal contributions last season from right wing-back, it’s no wonder so many clubs are chasing Frimpong. Since joining Bayer Leverkusen from Celtic in 2021, he is still on his original contract worth £22,000 per week.
CB: Ibrahima Konate – £70,000
Henderson will be earning 10 times more than Konate at Al Ettifaq which is absolutely bonkers when you contextualise it like that. The French defender has been a savvy pick-up for Liverpool, but his weekly wages pale in comparison to Henderson’s new deal.
CB: Nathan Ake – £90,000
Quite a few of us raised an eyebrow when Pep Guardiola added Ake to Man City’s ranks in 2020 for around £41million. While he only played a bit-part role in his first couple of seasons, he was absolutely immense last time around.
The Dutch defender seamlessly transitioned into Guardiola’s new system and we wouldn’t be surprised if a new contract is put on the table soon enough.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 28, 2023
LB: Pervis Estupinan – £50,000
Brighton have a knack for uncovering gems in the transfer market and they landed gold with Estupinan. Under Roberto De Zerbi, the Ecuador international has been one of the best full-backs in the league.
For the weekly cost of one Henderson, you could get yourself 14 Estupinans.
RM: Rayan Cherki – £60,000
He’s lit things up in Ligue 1 for Lyon and the teenager could be in for a big-money move this summer. Chelsea remain interested and you can bet they will be willing to offer him more than the £60,000 per week contract he is currently on.
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— Ligue 1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) July 12, 2023
CM: Jamal Musiala – £83,400
Musiala and Henderson are at opposite ends of their careers and we wouldn’t be surprised if the German international is in the same position to land a highly lucrative deal in Saudi by the time he hits 30.
Everything about Musiala points to him being a world-class talent in the near future. His slick dribbling and eye for a goal sets him apart from other players his age.
CM: Rodrigo Bentancur – £75,000
Everything seemed to collapse for Tottenham once Bentancur sustained up an ACL injury in February. He is one of several Premier League stars who is set to miss the start of the Premier League season through injury.
LM: Alejandro Garnacho – £50,000
Fresh after penning a new deal at Old Trafford, Garnacho is one of the highest-paid teenagers in the world, albeit earning significantly less than Henderson will be at Al Ettifaq.
Erik ten Hag has developed the Argentine winger well over the past 12 months and the 2023-24 campaign is expected to be a big year for the 19-year-old.
ST: Olivier Giroud – £74,900
According to transfer expert Nicolo Schira, Giroud was one of the few players to turn down a highly lucrative deal from Saudi this summer. His weekly wage of £74,900 at AC Milan is by no means chump change, but it will be significantly less than the offer on the table from Saudi Arabia.
ST: Callum Wilson – £46,000
We can’t wait to see Wilson leading the line for Newcastle in the Champions League. Given their own Saudi backing, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Newcastle hand Wilson a fresh deal at the club worth more than the £46,000 he is currently earning.
The 31-year-old scored with ruthless efficiency in the Premier League last season. With 18 goals in just 1887 minutes, that’s a goal every 104 minutes which is a staggeringly good return.