Thursday, April 03, 2008

Players' Salaries

A Portuguese site called Futebol Finance has posted a list of the top 150 earning players in football.

Two West Ham players just creep onto the list in joint 146th place. Carlton Cole and Lucas Neill are on a reported 200,000 euros a month or 2.4 million a year.

This works out at about £157,767 a month or £1,893,250 a year. In the 20 odd months Cole has been at West Ham I think he has scored 5 league goals. I think that equates to something like £600,000 a goal.

Not bad work if you can get it.

Mind you it is funny how West Ham came under criticism last summer for inflating the salary structure of the Premier League when Portsmouth, Everton, Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal all pay players higher wages. In fact that puts us tenth - somewhat relative to our league position.


At 1:35 AM, Anonymous Lew said...

I don't for a second believe Carlton Cole is being payed that, regardless of what this website says. No way in hell.

At 2:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who knows! it just seems as if there is so much speculation about the salaries of the players and imho it doesn't make sense. it generates a lot of negativity.

should you care if a player is earning twenty five thousand a week versus fifty thousand a week if they don't give 100% on the field in each game or have no ambition to carry the team higher in the league rankings? at the end of the day, a worthless player is a worthless player no matter how much he is paid.

conversely, if a team has aspirations to compete at a higher level and can afford to, it must be willing to pay the players accordingly.

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Missed one :)
Kieron Dyer Newcastle Utd 415.000 4.980.000

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous portugal said...

Carlton Cole has contributed a lot to West Ham this season ,despite not scoring goals.

Also, how many other strikers, at west ham in particular, but for that matter anywhere else, wud score hatfuls of goals playing as a lone striker much of the season ?

Carlton Cole s workrate, and his ability to maintain possession of the ball ,something as a team we struggle with, has exceeded that of 95 per cent of the other members of the squad.

So Lucas Neill isn t on the alleged 65,000 a week - it s more like 40 k . Nice to know that all
the dishrag papers artificially inflatinh his salary got that one wrong. again.

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree that the figure quoted for Cole looks very inaccurate,as does the idea that his and Neill s salary wud be similar.

At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Lew said...

Yeah, nobody's doubting the contribution Cole may or may not have made this season, but I really struggle to believe that he is the joint-top wage earner at our club. I'll wager there are at least 10-15 players ahead of him. Don't forget he was signed before the investment and as a squad player.

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous portugal said...

Totally agree - he was not signed with the intent of being a first team player,and as such you d expect his wages to be less than what is quoted here.

You seem to acknowledge that Cole has done good things for the club,
but unfortunately quite a few supporters seem to choose to focus on his lack of goals ,at the expense of everything else the guy has done this term. Whether his detractors care to admit it or not, Cole is one reason we sit tenth, and not 15th or 16th ,under the circumstances.

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't hamstrung Freddie supposed to be biggest earner

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

think u are correct in ljungberg


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