Lionel Messi was the highest-paid player of all time at the club, with the Argentine reportedly earning nearly a million euros a week. His departure has helped ease the wage bill at the club. However, the Blaugrana still have one of the highest annual wage bills (€420 million) in Europe.
Barcelona’s wage bill would’ve accounted for 110% of their income had they not let go of Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Emerson and Jean-Clair Todibo in the summer.
Now the wages account for 85% of their income. The recent departure of Philippe Coutinho to Aston Villa on loan has certainly helped out in further rebalancing the club’s finances.
On that note, here’s a look at the five highest-paid players at Barcelona right now.
- Frenkie de Jong – £354,000
De Jong is known for his vision, passing, dribbling, technique, strong defensive abilities and attacking prowess. He was one of three Dutch players to feature in the FIFA FIFpro World11.
- Sergio Busquets – £258,000
The Spanish national team captain is considered to be a deep-lying playmaker who is capable of directing the gameplay through short and calm passes. He is also regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders of all time.
Busquets was part of Barcelona squads that won a treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League in 2015.
- Memphis Depay – £230,000
The Dutch Footballer joined Barca in 2021 on a free transfer after spending four seasons with Lyon. Depay was part of the Netherlands national squad that came third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Gerard Piqué – £210,000
Piqué is a commanding defender who is known for his strength, tackling ability, good technique and passing. He is one of the four footballers who have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams.
- Ousmane Dembélé – £210,000
Dembélé is avhighly skilful player well-known for his ability to use either foot, his dribbling skills and ability to perform elaborate moves. He joined Barcelona in 2017 for a fee of €105 million making him the joint-second most expensive footballer of all time.