INFOGRAPHIC: The top paid football players through history

Yaya Toure

Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United past or present feature in this eye-opening infographic.

When the news broke at the beginning of April that Yaya Toure extended his Manchester City contract and went over the threshold of £200,000-a-week in the process, joining his Eastlands team mate Carlos Tevez above that figure; the controversial topic of footballer’s wages reared its ugly head once more. 

It’s no secret that footballers are paid huge sums of money for seemingly chasing a ball around a few times a week – some don’t even do that, they sit on the bench and watch their bank accounts swell while us mere mortals work our guts off for a few pounds an hour and then pay to sit and watch them, well, sit on the bench – and many earn more in a week than we earn in a year. 

It hasn’t always been this way, however. Back in the early days of the game, players were paid below today’s minimum wage each week as this infographic created by The Soccer Store shows.

Over time, as more and more money has come into the game, wages and transfer fees have risen astronomically and this is what has caused the great debate in pubs and sports clubs around the country, even among those who have no idea about the game, such is its level of controversy.

Should there be a salary cap? Should players even be paid for “playing a game”, the debate will rage on and on. See what you think:

Player Wages Infographic by The Soccer Store

image: © marc_tacoma

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