The 20 Highest Paid Players in FranceBy: Inara | April 19th, 2007
Technically, this is Sam’s territory, but I couldn’t help bringing this up since eleven of the top twenty are at Lyon.
Some of them definitely have the “wtf factor” associated with them. Obviously, these numbers are puny when compared with La Liga, Serie A, and especially, the EPL, but Ligue 1 isn’t exactly flowing in cash, especially with France’s stifling taxes. According to France Football:
1 – Djibril Cissé 4.8 ME
2 – Pedro Pauleta 4.6 ME
3 – Juninho Pernambucano 4.55 ME
4 – Sidney Govou 4.5 ME
5 – Sylvain Wiltord 4.45 ME
6 – Franck Ribéry 4.4 ME
7 – Tiago Mendes 3.8 ME
8 – Florent Malouda 3.6ME
9 – Fred Chaves Guedes 3.5 ME
10 – Gregory Coupet 3.45 ME
11 – Mario Yepes 3.4 ME
12 – Milan Baros 2.8 ME
13 – Cris Marques Gomes 2.65 ME
14 – Gerald Cid 2.6 ME
15 – Sebastian Squillaci 2.5 ME
16 – Johan Micoud 2.44 ME
17 – Lucas Bernardi 2.4 ME
18 – Bonaventure Kalou 2.35 ME
19 – Eric Abidal 2.3 ME
20 – Gael Givet 2.2 ME
I’m not sure if these numbers are pre-tax or not, and I don’t know if this includes any additional income from sponsorships and such.
But am I the only one who sees something inherently wrong with this table? Like the fact that Cisse is the highest paid player, and he’s on loan from the EPL? Or the fact that Juninho earns only marginally more than Sidney “I never score” Govou?
Govou as Lyon’s second highest paid player? What the hell is wrong with OL’s salary structure that France’s number 1 gets paid a million less than Govou, who isn’t guaranteed to start at either Lyon or with the NT? Govou, who is more often nonexistent than brilliant. Govou, who threatens to leave the club every May but ends up staying because no other clubs want him. Govou, who is often a waste of space on the right wing. Govou…I could go on and on.
About the others…I had no idea that Tiago earned that much money. Granted, it’s nothing like in the EPL, in fact, he took a pay cut to come to Lyon, but for Ligue 1’s standards, that’s more than I expected. Same for Fred – that’s a lot for a striker that has yet to show us his true potential.
So that makes me wonder, how does Aulas come up with these salaries? How is Squillaci earning more than Abidal? Abidal has been at Lyon for three years, Squillaci just got here. Abidal is a French NT starter, one of the best LBs in Europe. Squillaci is not at that level yet.
The injustice of it all! No wonder Abidal wants to leave.