Frenkie de Jong in action during Barcelona's 6-0 win over Pumas in the Joan Gamper trophy match. Camp Nou, August 7, 2022.

Ranking every Barcelona player by how much they earn: De Jong top…

Barcelona have one of the biggest wage bills in world football – but which players currently have the most lucrative contracts?

The Spanish giants are deep in financial trouble with debts in the region of €1billion and those contracts certainly haven’t helped.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has put a lot of the blame on his predecessor Josep Bartomeu, who was a very unpopular figure.

“Our salaries represent 103 per cent of the club’s total income,” Laporta said at a press conference in August 2021. “That’s 20-25 per cent more than our competitors.

“The first thing we had to do when we arrived was to ask for a loan of 80million because otherwise, we could not pay the salaries. The previous regime was full of lies.”

He continued: “We found the wage policy in the form of an inverted pyramid – veterans on long contracts and youngsters on short deals. There were no wages cuts – lies.”

Barcelona’s financial problems meant that they couldn’t even offer a new contract to Lionel Messi, who joined PSG on a free transfer in 2021.

Laporta has since implemented a lot of changes at Camp Nou and convinced a number of players, including Gerard Pique prior to his retirement, to take a pay cut.

“We were very optimistic with the budget, we have lowered [it by] more than 150million,” Eduard Romeu, Barcelona’s economic vice-president, said on RAC1 Radio in June 2022.

“We are on a good path but it’s not enough. We have a 560million wage bill. Bayern [Munich] have [€]300[million] for example, and Real Madrid are close to 400. The salaries are totally disproportionate and inflated.”

Using data from Capology, we’ve ranked every Barcelona first-team player by how much they earn on a weekly basis. Note: we’ve not included any payers that are currently out on loan and all salaries listed are gross figures.

And here are the squad’s weekly salary, listed in euros.

1. Frenkie de Jong – €721,154
2. Sergio Busquets – €711,538
=3. Jordi Alba – €400,577
=3. Robert Lewandowski – €400,577
5. Ansu Fati – €268,269
6. Jules Kounde – €260,577

7. Raphinha – €240,385
8. Ousmane Dembele – €230,769
9. Ferran Torres – €192,308
10. Pedri – €180,385
=11. Marc-Andre ter Stegen – €173,077
=11. Franck Kessie – €173,077
=11. Andreas Christensen – €173,077
14. Ronaldo Araujo – €134,615
15. Gavi – €130,769
16. Marcos Alonso – €120,192
17. Eric Garcia – €115,385
18. Sergi Roberto – €96,154
19. Inaki Pena – €38,462

20. Alex Balde– €3,077

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