The Premier League is a corporation where twenty member clubs act as shareholders. Outside England, the League is commonly referred to as English Premier League (EPL). But currently Barclays Bank is the sponsor, so it is officially known as Barclays Premier League (BPL). Undoubtedly Premier League is the most watched or the most popular first division leagues in World Football.
Seasons run from August to May. Each team in the League need to play 38 games in a complete season. Accumulating all the matches (home and away), 380 matches are arranged in a complete season. Games are mostly played in Saturday and Sunday evenings.
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There are so many top level teams in English Premier League. Teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea have taken English football across Europe. They are often found to secure a good spot at UEFA rankings. So, top plyers definitely come in during the summer and winter transfers. English Premier League is considered one of the best Leagues to experience greater soccer platform and building successful footballing career.
Top five highest paid Midfielders in EPL:
Midfielders well justified here in EPL. The big name team need to spend millions of their money to occupy big shot midfielders with them. Some of these midfielders can also be counted as richest footballers. Here we are trying to develop a list of top five highest paid midfielders in Barclays Premier League. Notably we will find three of the total five playing for the Manchester City Club.
Let’s find, who is the highest paid midfielder in Barclays Premier League?
5. Steven Gerrard
Present Team: Liverpool
Salary: 5 million pounds annual
Hopefully, Steven Gerrard needs no introduction. He can be counted as one of the best players Liverpool have ever produced. He made his Liverpool debut in the year 1998 and since then has made 400 plus appearances for the English giant club.
Liverpool fans usually suggest him as the second best player in the red shirt after King Kenny. Steven Gerrard finished 3rd in the Ballon d’Or shortlist for Europe’s Best Player in 2003. Now a time we can consider him as the 5th highest paid midfielder in English Premier League. The 5th richest midfielder in England currently receives around 5million pounds per year as salary from his club.
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4. Gareth Barry
Present Team: Everton
Salary: 6.2 million pounds annual
Gareth Barry mainly operates in the holding role for Manchester City Club. Previously Barry played 365 games for Aston Villa before he decided to move here for a new challenge here in Man City. From the very beginning of his career in this club, Gareth Barry has been a regular starter in midfield. In a span of just two and a half years, he has already made 101 appearances for Manchester City. Recently Gareth had to move for Everton and hopefully he will again be the midfield holder for the club.
Gareth Barry is known to be a player with vision, durability, good tackling and terrific passing. Most probably he everything you can want from a central midfielder. Everton is currently paying him 6.2 million pounds per year. Which in turn makes him at number 4 in the list of highest paid midfielders in Barclays Premier League.
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3. Frank Lampard
Present Team: Manchester City
Salary: 7 million pounds annual
Frank Lampard is considered to be one of the best English footballers ever. He is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in English Premier League all time history. Lampard usually operates as a box to box midfielder for his team, both the National and Club. He is known to have a great footballing brain in addition to his outstanding work rate. In total, Frank Lampard has also produced 91 assists for his team. Undoubtedly this is the second highest in Premier League history.
Lampard was well known as a Chelsea megastar. There he had made 164 consecutive appearances and he is a three time player of the year for Chelsea. Perhaps it explains his consistency as a player. Currently he is being paid 7 million pounds annually from the club. Frank Lampard stands at 3rd position of most paid midfielders in Premier League table.
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2. David Silva
Present Team: Manchester City
Salary: 8.3 million pounds annual
David Silva is Nicknamed “Merlin” by the Manchester City fans, which means the wizard. More often he is described as a traditional number 10 who is capable of dazzling the crowd. Recently Carlos Tevez lauded him as
“The best signing Man City have made”
David Silva was adjudged as the Premier League player of the month, on October 1st 2011.
Also, the Manchester City players’ player of the year award was gone to the Spaniard for 2011-2012 session. Now a time David Silva has become a regular member of Spain National Team. He signed for Manchester City from Valencia for a fee believed to be around 20 Million pounds. His salary is now 8.3 million pounds per year and he is the second most paid midfielder in English Premier League.
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1. Yaya Toure
Present Team: Manchester City
Salary: 10 million pounds annual
Yaya Toure has been a major force behind Manchester City winning the last season title of Premier League. He came with a big reputation from Barcelona FC to Manchester City to join his elder brother Kolo Toure. Toure has hardly put a foot wrong after beginning his career in England.
Yaya Toure is known for his brilliant vision and performance rate. Talking about the amount spent by City since Mansour bought the club, undoubtedly Yaya Toure can be considered as their best buy ever. No surprise, a player as industrious and dedicated like Toure gets what he deserves. He is being paid 10 million pounds per year as salary from Manchester City. That makes him the highest paid midfielder in Premier League.