A fresh report from SPORT has shed light on the salaries of some of the top players in La Liga. Given the collection of superstars in the Spanish top-flight, the lucrative contracts offered to them do not come as a surprise.
The report reveals the top 20 players with the highest gross salaries in La Liga for the 2022/23 season and as many as eight superstars from Barcelona feature on the list.
At the top of the list is veteran defender Gerard Pique. The 35-year-old’s actual contract salary comes up to around €29.5 million, but including the deferred salary payments and everything his gross wages for the current campaign go up to a whopping €52 million.
The second name on the list is another Barça star in Frenkie de Jong, whose gross income for the 2022/23 campaign stands at a massive €37.5 million. It is the main reason why the Blaugrana tried to get rid of him in the summer transfer window.
The third spot is also occupied by another Barcelona superstar in the form of club captain Sergio Busquets, whose gross salary for the ongoing season is said to be around €37 million.
The next four names on the list belong to Real Madrid with Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, David Alaba and Toni Kroos before Barcelona defender Jordi Alba makes an appearance at #8, with his gross wages for 22/23 reportedly being €20.83 million.
Summer signing Robert Lewandowski features on the list as well, at #13, with the Barcelona superstar’s gross salary reported to be €18.75 million.
Ansu Fati occupies the #17 spot on the list with gross annual wages of €13.95 million, followed by new signing Jules Kounde, whose salary is €13.55 million.
Former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla) is in the 19th position, while Raphinha occupies the #20 slot with a gross salary of €12.5 million.
Barça did try to reduce a salary reduction with the likes of Pique, de Jong and Busquets during the summer but that did not come to fruition. However, the club have been more restrictive with regard to the contracts being offered to new players or renewals of stars as they look to control their wage bill.