For many decades, La Liga has been home of some of the best footballers around the globe. Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid have no problem spending huge amounts to sign top stars during transfer periods. They not only spend huge amounts to sign these players but also pay them enormous wages.
Former Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, who was reportedly the highest-paid footballer of La Liga, earned a staggering EUR71 million per year on his last contract with Blaugrana. A few changes have occurred on the list of top earners in the league since his departure.
There are a lot of superstars in Spain’s top flight making insane amounts at the moment. Who is the next Argentine to replace him and who are the closest? We will provide some insight on the matter.
(Note: These figures are estimates based on various sources. Actual wages may vary slightly
#5 Saul Niguez – Atletico Madrid (PS270,354 weekly)
Although Saul Niguez may not be the most well-known name in La Liga, the Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder is making a lot of money. The Spaniard is among the highest-paid footballers of La Liga, with a weekly salary of PS270.354.
Although the 26-year old has a contract with Rojiblancos through the summer 2026, recent reports suggest that he may be leaving Wanda Metropolitano in the summer.
Over the last few weeks, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona have all expressed interest in the services of the midfielder. However, it remains to be seen whether any of these sides will meet his extravagant wage demands.
#4 Jan Oblak – Atletico Madrid (PS342,449 weekly)
Jan Oblak is the only goalkeeper on this list. His eye-catching performances between the sticks for Atletico Madrid over the past couple of seasons has proven that he deserves a high salary. His contributions have been valued by the Spanish giants who pay him a staggering PS342,449 per semaine.
The figure places the Slovenian fourth among La Liga’s highest-earning players at the moment. He is also the top-paid goalkeeper in Spain’s top flight and the Wanda Metropolitano’s most lucrative player.
#3 Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona (PS345,000 weekly)
Antoine Griezmann was able to earn a huge-money transfer worth EUR120million from Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and the summer of 2019. The Frenchman was also offered gargatuan wages upon his arrival at Camp Nou.
Griezmann is the third highest-paid player in La Liga, earning a staggering PS345,000 per semaine in Catalan capital. He hasn’t been a great player, but he’s still not the best.
The Frenchman has the chance to prove himself after Lionel Messi’s departure. Barcelona needs a new hero. Griezmann has the chance to play his preferred role. It remains to see if Griezmann will be able grab the opportunity with both his hands.
#2 Frenkie de Jong (PS354,000 weekly)
Frenkie De Jong, another Barcelona player, is the second highest-paid player in La Liga. The Catalan capital’s Dutch midfielder earns a staggering PS354,000 per week.
In the summer of 2019, the 24-year-old made the switch to the Spanish top flight. After seeing his outstanding performances for Ajax in the 2018/2019 campaign, Barca decided to sign him up. He has signed a five year deal with the Catalan giants, and is now being handsomely paid.
Last season, De Jong was one the best performers at Camp Nou. De Jong made 51 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals and eight assists.
#1 Eden Hazard – Real Madrid (PS400,000 weekly)
Eden Hazard completed his dream move from Chelsea to Real Madrid in summer 2019. It was a massive transfer of EUR115 million that left Chelsea and made him the most expensive signing in La Liga history.
The lucrative contract that Hazard signed at Santiago Bernabeu earned him a huge weekly salary of PS400,000. Hazard is now the highest-paid player in the division, with Lionel Messi out of the Spanish top flight. His recurring injuries have made his transfer a failure on a penny for penny basis.
Since he moved to Santiago Bernabeu, the playmaker has spent more time at the doctor’s desk than on the pitch. In just two years, he has been on the sidelines for 405 days and missed 59 games. Hazard has scored just five goals in 44 appearances so far for the La Liga giants.