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Kanu, Okocha, others earn 676,000 yearly

Posted by Guardian on 2006/04/12 | Views: 1194 |

Kanu, Okocha, others earn 676,000 yearly


Premiership footballers, including Nigerian super stars such as Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha, Celestine Babayaro, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Joseph Yobo earn an average of 676,000 per year, according to a survey by The Independent and the Professional Footballers' Association.

Premiership footballers, including Nigerian super stars such as Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha, Celestine Babayaro, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Joseph Yobo earn an average of 676,000 per year, according to a survey by The Independent and the Professional Footballers' Association.

That figure, which equates to 13,000 per week, typically rises by between 60 per cent and 100 per cent when performance-related bonuses are taken into account.

Strikers have the highest average yearly salary, with 806,000, while midfielders earn about 754,000.

Defenders earn 653,000 on average and Premiership goalkeepers make 533,000.

The basic pay represents an average rise of around 65 per cent from the average figure in 2000.

Players' bonuses vary enormously - depending on the terms of their deal - but could easily double a footballer's salary. Bonuses may include appearance money of about 5,000 per game - even if the player only comes on as a last-minute substitute. over 20)

Signing-on fees are often a six-figure sum, with payments usually spread over the term of a player's contract - for example, a 250,000 signing-on fee, spread over three years, would equate to an extra 1,603 per week.

Players can also look forward to a share of a win bonus following each victory and an end-of-season performance bonus - often related to whether a team stays up or qualifies for Europe.

Further bonuses may follow if a club reaches a cup final and there may also be goal bonuses.

Wages are also staggered according to age, with the highest earners tending to be those aged between 27 and 30.

Salaries drop considerably in lower divisions, although they are still substantial.

Championship players earn an average salary of 195,750, League One players 67,850 and League Two 49,600.

About 400 players across the four professional divisions responded to the survey.

Despite the high salary figures, 64 per cent of Premiership footballers who responded said they were in favour of a salary cap, which would mean that no more than 75 per cent of a club's income should be spent on its wage bill.

Of the others, 35 per cent said they would not support a cap and one per cent did not know.

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