Digimagaz.com –  List of the 10 highest paid players in the Saudi Arabian League. Since the beginning of 2023, the Saudi Pro League has become an extraordinary magnet for the world’s top players.

The Saudi Arabian League has actually started a competition development project in recent years. There are many top ex-European players and coaches who have been brought in by a number of clubs.

Even so, the attention of world football fans has only really been sucked in after Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer in early 2023. The Portuguese superstar chose to continue his career with Al Nassr.

At that time Ronaldo’s move was criticized. It is said that his career is over. However, now that criticism just evaporated. It is evident that many top players have followed suit to Arabs.

The pouring of money with fantastic amounts has indeed proven to be successful in attracting the interest of top European players to move to the Arabian peninsula. Naturally, who doesn’t want to get a fantastic salary?

So, who are the players who are earning the highest salaries in the Saudi Arabian League for now? Referring to Planet Football, here’s the complete list.

 

1-Cristiano Ronaldo

Club: Al Nasser

Age: 38 years

Join: January 2023

Annual Salary: £173 million

Ronaldo has finished his first season with Al Nassr. However, he still has a contract until 2025.

In his debut season, Ronaldo successfully scored 14 goals from 19 matches. Unfortunately, he failed to lead Al Nassr to win the Saudi Pro League after being unable to compete against Al Ittihad.

Ronaldo has no doubts that he will stay in the Arab competition. He is happy and comfortable in the Arab lands.

2-Karim Benzema

Club: Al Ittihad

Age: 35 years

Join: June 2023

Annual Salary: £172 million

Before Kante, Al Ittihad had already hooked up the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner as well as Kante’s compatriot from France, Karim Benzema.

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Choosing to leave Real Madrid, Benzema signed a two-year contract until 2025, with an option for a further year until 2026 at Al Ittihad.

At Al Ittihad, Benzema is said to be pocketing a fee with a total value of 200 million euros per year, divided in salary and other agreements.

 

3-N?Golo Kante

Club: Al Ittihad

Age: 32 years

Join: June 2023

Annual Salary: £86.2 million

Another top player officially plays in the Saudi Pro League. Midfielder NGolo Kante has finally left Chelsea to join the defending Saudi Arabian League champions, Al Ittihad, Wednesday (21/6/2023) morning WIB.

Kante moved to Al Ittihad on a free transfer after his contract with Chelsea ended on 30 June 2023 and was not renewed.

Al Ittihad dared to give a salary of quite a fantastic value to Kante. It is claimed that the France international will receive a fee of 25 million euros per season until 2027.

This means that in total Kante will receive a payment of 100 million euros from Al Ittihad. This figure does not include commercial agreements and image rights.

 

4-Kalidou Koulibaly

Club: Al Hilal

Age: 32 years

Join: June 2023

Annual Salary: 30 million pounds

After only one season strengthening Chelsea, Kalidou Koulibaly moved to Saudi Arabia. The 32-year-old Senegalese central defender has been officially introduced by his new club, Al Hilal.

Koulibaly is contracted for three seasons. The former Napoli player will defend Al Hilal until the end of the 2025/2026 season.

Chelsea released Koulibaly to Al Hilal for a fee of € 23 million. With Chelsea, Koulibaly played 32 matches in all competitions. He contributed two goals for Chelsea.

 

5-Marcelo Brozovic

Club: Al Nasser

Age: 30 years old

Join: July 2023

Annual Salary: £21 million

Brozovic was bought from Inter Milan for 18 million Euros. This price is down from the first bid of 23 million Euros.

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Inter had to accept this price reduction because Al Nassr was trying to accommodate the player’s request for a salary increase.

Brozovic became Al Nassr’s first recruit in the summer of 2023. He will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s new partner next season.

 

6-Roberto Firmino

Club: Al Ahli

Age: 31 years old

Join: July 2023

Annual Salary: £17 million

One more player who officially enlivened the Saudi Arabian League. Former Liverpool striker, Roberto Firmino has officially joined Saudi Pro League club, Al Ahli.

Al Expert recruited the 31-year-old striker for free. Previously, Firmino’s contract with Liverpool expired on 30 June 2023 yesterday and was not renewed.

Through an official release on their social media, Al Ahli announced that Firmino has received a contract with a duration of three years, alias until June 2026.

 

 

7-Ruben Neves

Club: Al Hilal

Age: 26 years old

Join: June 2023

Annual Salary: £15.6 million

Neves’ contract with Wolverhampton ends in the summer of 2024. However, Neves is not willing to extend his tenure at the Molineux Stadium.

Neves was linked with several clubs such as Manchester United and Barcelona. However, the 26-year-old player chose to make a career outside of Europe.

Neves is the latest European player to move to the Saudi Arabian League. The former Porto player accepted an offer to join Al Hilal.

Neves was recruited permanently by Al Hilal. The player was redeemed for 55 million euros.

Neves is contracted for three years. Thus, the player will play at the club at least until 2026.

 

8-Jota

Club: Al Ittihad

Age: 24 years old

Join: July 2023

Annual Salary: £9.4 million

Jota is a 24 year old winger from Portugal. He is a former Benfica player who for the last two seasons played for Celtic in Scotland.

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Two seasons with Celtic, Jota recorded a total of 28 goals and 26 assists in 83 appearances in all competitions.

Jota then moved to the Saudi Arabian League. He was bought quite expensive by Al Ittihad, which is worth 25 million pounds. Al Ittihad also contracted him for three years until 30 June 2026.

 

 

9-Edouard Mendy

Club: Al Ahli

Age: 31 years old

Join: June 2023

Annual Salary: £9.4 million

 

On June 28, 2023, Edouard Mendy was officially announced as the new player for Al-Ahli, a promotional club in the Saudi Pro League for the 2023/2024 season.

Mendy had difficulty playing under the crossbar for Chelsea in the 2022/2023 season yesterday. He only appeared 12 times in all competitions.

Instead of leaving for another European club, Mendy chose to move to Saudi Arabia by accepting the proposal of Al-Ahli.

 10-Ever Banega

Club: Al Shabab

Age: 35 years

Join: June 2020

Annual Salary: £9.1 million

 

Ever Banega made a surprising decision back in January 2020. At that time he announced that he would join Al Shabab once the 2019/2020 season was over,

In that season, Banega successfully ended his career at Sevilla brilliantly. He led Sevilla to win the Europa League.

Unfortunately, until now Banega has not been able to bring Al Shabab to a proud achievement in the Saudi Arabian League.

 

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