The Parisians have an annual wage bill of over €300million following the arrival of Lionel Messi – who earns a club record €41million net per year – following busy summer window
By Colin Millar
Paris Saint-Germain have enjoyed a summer transfer window that has eclipsed any other club in European football not just this year, but possibly ever.
This week’s signing of Lionel Messi following his exit from Barcelona stole headlines across the sporting world and carried on a busy few months in the French capital.
Only one of these five signings required a transfer fee but many have been left wondering how the Ligue 1 club can afford such luxury signings, with their inflated wage bill adding to signing-on fees and performance-related bonuses.
Mauricio Pochettino’s squad already included high-earning stars such as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, leading to questions as to how the club can justify such outlays in light of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
A report in Marca has now outlined that the club’s annual wage bill has now been taken over the €300million mark by the arrival of Messi.
The Argentine is said to be earning a salary of €41million per year after tax – the best paid player in the history of French football.
That surpasses the salary currently being paid to his close friend and former Barca teammate Neymar, whose annual wage comes in at €36.8million.
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The next best paid player at the Parc des Princes is the final member of this new attacking trident – Mbappe, whose earnings for a year coming in at €25million, meaning that the front three will take home a tax-free combined pay in excess of €100million.
The other standout earner in the squad is former Spain international captain Ramos, who is being paid an annual salary of €21million.
Next up are long-serving PSG stars Marco Verratti and Marquinhos, who both earn salaries of €15million per year – surpassing the €14million pay packet of Angel di Maria.
Goalkeepers Donnarumma and Keylor Navas both earn the same €12million annual salary, as does defender and the club’s vice-captain Presnel Kimpembe.
Striker Mauro Icardi also has an eight-figure salary of €11million, while Wijnaldum and Hakimi – the summer arrivals from Liverpool and Inter – each have a pay packet of €9.8million per year.
There are a host of first-team players who earn slightly lower amounts – midfield duo Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera both earn €8.5million annually, while Julian Draxler is on €7.6million.
Idrissa Gueye earns €7million while a host of players – Rafinha, Juan Bernat, Layvin Kurzawa, Pablo Sarabia, Thilo Kehrer and Abdou Diallo – are all on €5million, with Colin Dagba earning €1.4million.
Among those criticising the huge wage bill has been La Liga president Javier Tebas, who said this week: “PSG is going to have to balance the numbers a lot.
“They should have to release a player this summer. It seems to me that they have a complicated situation.”