As Forbes released its latest list of the highest-paid football players in the world for the year 2023, we thought why not compile our own list of the highest-paid footballers in the top 5 European leagues?
Provided most of the Bundesliga clubs are fan-owned, including the juggernaut that is Bayern Munich, however, that doesn’t mean the German giants are misers or shy when it comes to paying big salaries to some of their stars. And given the stronghold they have over the league, it isn’t surprising to see all 10 footballers featured here are from Bayern Munich.
So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the Bundesliga.
Note: In line with the figures from Capology.com, we use the Euro (€) as the currency, and only profiles that have been verified have been considered for this list.
10. Kim Min-Jae | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €230,769 | Gross p/y: €12 million
A monster of a centre-back, 26-year-old South Korean international, Kim Min-Jae, helped Napoli win the Serie A last season, before joining the German champions Bayern in July 2023. A powerful centre-back, Kim is known for his strength, aggressive defending, and ability to read games. Tied to a five-year deal with the club, Kim’s €230,769-a-week salary makes him the tenth highest-paid footballer in the league.
9. Matthijs de Ligt | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €307,692 | Gross p/y: €16 million
Matthijs de Ligt has been around the blocks for so long that sometimes it’s hard to believe that he’s still only 24. Regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, his game has often been compared to Barcelona legend Gerard Piqué over the years. Moreover, in recent seasons, his development looked stifled in Turin, but following his deal to Bayern in June 2022, the Dutch centre-back has started showing why he’s been rated so highly.
8. Kingsley Coman | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €326,923 | Gross p/y: €17 million
After two failed spells at Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, 27-year-old French international Kingsley Coman has found a home in Bavaria with the German champions Bayern Munich. Once regarded as one of the most promising talents of his generation, Coman has matured into one fine player for both club and country. A technically gifted winger with an abundance of versatility and an intelligence to read games effectively, Bayern tied him down to a new five-year contract extension in January 2022.
7. Leon Goretzka | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €346,154 | Gross p/y: €18 million
One of the unsung heroes in a very attacking-minded Bayern Munich side, Leon Goretzka’s role in this Bayern team is to stop opposition attacks from developing as well as contribute more offensively with his timely runs inside the 18-yard box, making him stand out as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world currently. Since joining the club in the summer of 2018, the German international has made more than 130 senior appearances for the club. He signed a five-year deal in September 2021, keeping him at Bayern until June 2026.
6. Serge Gnabry | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €362,885 | Gross p/y: €18.87 million
The 28-year-old German international is currently regarded as one of the most fearsome wingers in European and world football. Once deemed unfit for top-flight football during one of his loan spells with West Bromwich Albon, Gnabry is now known for his creativity, clinical finishing, and fearsome pace and dribbling that is terrorising defensive lines all over Europe. Gnabry is currently on a four-year deal with the club, which will run until June 2026, that pays him €362,885 in weekly salaries.
5. Joshua Kimmich | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €375,000 | Gross p/y: €19.5 million
Already renowned as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, there are very few who can dictate and control games quite like Joshua Kimmich does. The 28-year-old has been playing for the Bavarian giants since 2015. His last contract renewal came in August 2021, signing a four-year deal which pays him €375,000-a-week.
4. Leroy Sané | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €384,615 | Gross p/y: €20 million
Known for his frightening pace and excellent dribbling abilities, Leroy Sané is one of the most fearsome wingers in world football currently. A former Schalke academy graduate, Sané gained recognition during his days in England with Manchester City. However, the German international is currently tied to a five-year deal with Bayern Munich until June 2025.
3. Thomas Müller | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €394,231 | Gross p/y: €20.50 million
There are very few players as intelligent and as versatile as the 34-year-old German midfield. Thomas Müller’s ability to operate in multiple positions and his tactical awareness make him stand out as one of the very best footballers in the world. The 34-year-old is currently in the final year of his two-year contract, which was renewed in May 2022. As per the current deal, Müller makes € 394,231 a week.
2. Manuel Neuer | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €403,846 | Gross p/y: €21 million
A legend at the club, Manuel Neuer has been with the Bavarian club since 2011. One of the very best in his position and arguably one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Manuel Neuer has changed the way modern goalkeeping is perceived in world football. Currently, in the last year of his existing two-year deal with the club, the German gets paid € 403,846 a week, making him the second-highest-paid footballer in the league.
1. Harry Kane | Bayern Munich
Gross p/w: €480,769 | Gross p/y: €25 million
Harry Kane got his much-awaited big move last summer after Daniel Levy finally succumbed to Bayern’s repeated bids for his starman, making him the highest-paid footballer in the Bundesliga. The 30-year-old Englishman has gelled well with the Bavarian outfit in a very short span of time, becoming the lynchpin of their attack. The Bayern board have offered him a €480,769-a-week salary on a four-year deal, taking his gross annual salary to €25 million.
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|Rank||Player Name||Team Name||Salary (p/w)|
|10||Kim Min-Jae||Bayern Munich||€ 2,30,769|
|9||Matthijs de Ligt||Bayern Munich||€ 3,07,692|
|8||Kingsley Coman||Bayern Munich||€ 3,26,923|
|7||Leon Goretzka||Bayern Munich||€ 3,46,154|
|6||Serge Gnabry||Bayern Munich||€ 3,62,885|
|5||Joshua Kimmich||Bayern Munich||€ 3,75,000|
|4||Leroy Sané||Bayern Munich||€ 3,84,615|
|3||Thomas Müller||Bayern Munich||€ 3,94,231|
|2||Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich||€ 4,03,846|
|1||Harry Kane||Bayern Munich||€ 480,769|