It’s no secret how much Premier League footballers earn but the coronavirus crisis has given the issue of player wages a lot of coverage.
Clubs are bracing themselves for the financial strain COVID-19 will inflict on them and a number of stars in England’s top flight have been asked to take a pay cut.
Arsenal asked their players to take a 12.5 per cent wage deferral but reports emerged that Mesut Ozil was one of three players to turn down the request.
Ozil has received criticism for this, however, some talkSPORT pundits have sided with the German, including Jason Cundy, who said the player is right to question where this money would be going.
Meanwhile, Darren Bent has defended the Gunners star, insisting his regular work for charity means the player has ‘every right’ to ask where that money is going to go.
The former Premier League striker also said, if he was Ozil, he’d now be on the hunt for whoever leaked the story to the press.
Bent said: “There’s obviously a snake in that dressing room, which is not good.
“When you’re in a sporting environment with the guys in the dressing room, you’re like a small family, but at times people do cross the line.
“I’d be in there making phone calls trying to find out who it was that leaked the story, because if there’s three of us [who rejected a pay cut], I shouldn’t be the only one being named.
“It also think it’s quite disgusting the abuse he’s getting.
“He hasn’t come out and said, ‘I’m not doing it’, he’s given context as to why he isn’t doing it. He just wants a bit of time and wants to know where the money is going.”
But just how much cash is Ozil taking home? Thanks to Spotrac, we can see who are the highest-paid Premier League players in terms of their 2019/20 annual salary rankings.
Below you can see where the Arsenal man ranks.
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11= Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham)
11= Harry Kane (Tottenham)
11= Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
11= Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
7. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
6. Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
5. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
4. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
3. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
1. David de Gea (Manchester United)