However that doesn’t excuse the contract mistakes that have been made for the players on this list, who are all either earning far too much, are set to overstay their welcome and are unlikely to be on the move anytime soon.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the ten worst contracts in world football.
10.) Fraser Forster
Money isn’t really a problem for Paris Saint-Germain, but they are wasting a fair amount on Jese, who earns €100,000-per-week with the Parisians.
PSG managed to send Jese out on loan to Real Betis in January, but it is unclear whether they continued to pay the majority of the Spaniard’s wages. He has returned to the club this summer and, with two years left on his contract, the French outfit will be desperately searching for someone to take him off their hands. Easier said than done when you compare his wages to his recent record.
What were West Ham thinking when they made Jack Wilshere one of their highest-paid players? It wasn’t exactly a surprise to see the former Arsenal man miss the majority of his debut season through injury, throwing the Hammers’ faith into question.
Wilshere earns £100,000-per-week at West Ham and still has two years left to go on the deal he agreed on last summer, but there’s almost no chance he will actually be fit enough to fulfil his expected role at the London Stadium.
7.) Antonio Donnarumma
Antonio Donnarumma is the lowest-paid player on this list, but that doesn’t make his contract agreement with Milan any less ridiculous.
The Italian goalkeeper was brought in for one reason – to persuade his brother Gianluigi to stay put at the club. He has played twice in two years, earning a staggering £50,000-per-week in the process, and it will be impossible to move him on if Gianluigi does end up leaving the club within the next two years. It’s safe to assume that Milan didn’t entirely think this one through.
6.) Phil Jones
Jones was provided with fresh terms at the start of 2019, keeping him at the club until 2024 (yes, 2024) and his wages were doubled to £120,000-per-week (yes, £120,000-per-week). It’s hard to decipher exactly why United thought this was a good idea, but at least Jones will probably be in line for a testimonial by the time he leaves as a free agent in five years time.
5.) Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho is Barcelona’s third-highest earner behind Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. When you consider his recent performances and the reception he has received from the Barca faithful, that is not a good thing.
The Brazilian earns €200,000-per-week at the Camp Nou and is contracted to remain there until 2023. Given his recent form, it is very unlikely anyone is going to be willing to match his current wages, which means Barcelona may have a fight on their hands if their really want to offload him as soon as possible.
4.) Gareth Bale
You can forgive Real Madrid for making Gareth Bale one of the highest-paid footballers in world football. After all, he was one of the best players in the world upon his arrival at the Bernabeu and, in fairness, he has achieved plenty of success in Spain.
It’s all turned sour for Bale in recent years and his wages – which sit at £350,000-per-week – are currently preventing him from being able to leave Los Blancos this summer. Right now, everyone is a loser. Bale is cashing in instead of playing football and Real Madrid are wasting an extortionate amount of money.
It may have made sense to hang on to him at the time, but his deal blows Arsenal’s otherwise conservative wage structure way out of proportion and he hasn’t exactly been in the best of form of late. He’s set to stay put until 2021 and it seems highly unlikely that any top European side will be looking match his Arsenal salary.
2.) Danny Drinkwater
While the likes of Fraser Forster and Antonio Donnarumma are getting paid for doing very little, Danny Drinkwater gets paid even more for doing absolutely nothing.