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The dream of every professional club is to achieve something unimaginable the whole world would marvel and keeps talking about for many years to come, as such the team Arsenal football club achieved what was referred to, as one of their greatest achievement in the history of the club.

In 2004, Arsene Wenger led Arsenal to achieved the unimaginable, and as such, they became immortal as arguably the best team in the English Premier League to win the title without enduring a single defeat throughout the season.

We had seen teams like Manchester City accumulated over 198 points in two seasons in the Premier League and went on to win back to back league titles, playing a breathtaking kind of football that made their opponents in the course of the season looks dumbfounded.

Arsenal's Invincible: The Provenance & The Success

On the other hands, we also saw Liverpool played a style of football that did wow the spectators and the world at large, as such they only lost one game all season picking up a whopping 97 points, yet ended the season empty-handed, similarly over the years in the Premier League, we did saw what looked quite commendable done by Manchester United when they won the treble in 1999.

We also cannot forget Jose Mourinho incredible Chelsea winning side in 2005 too, they won the title in his first season at the helm building a team that conceded just 15 goals in 38 games and kept a total 25 clean sheets.

Arsenal's Invincible: The Provenance & The Success

So as such, the question we should ask now is what side could possibly be better than the aforementioned team’s records in the league?

Well, certainly Arsene Wenger’s red and white gladiators in the 03-04 season would come to mind easily, as they went throughout the campaign without losing a single game.

The Gunners as they are usually called by their fans and other soccer neutrals all over the globe, maybe going through what I term as a ‘Teething Period‘ or a ‘Trophy Drought Period‘ since Arsene Wenger last won the FA Cup for the North London side, it’s no news that they’re going through a torrid time now since ‘Le Professeur’ left even while he was at the helm of affairs, the team isn’t faring better but then it’s better compared to what they’re going through now.

One thing that is very evident is the fact that Arsene Wenger is a name in the world football that will always generate mixed feelings among the fans for what he achieved with the team in his first coming, and of course how he exited the club, also to talk about how Wenger will always be to talk of a man who his well-loved and equally well maligned by the fans, the ‘Wenger Out‘ movement building towards the time he left the London side is definitely a pointer to the fact that some of the Arsenal fans weren’t thankful enough despite his exploit with the club.

Arsenal Invincibles

Since he left the club, it’s very clear that nothing has really changed positively for the North London club, as two managers have tried their possible best in filling the void left by the French manager, yet the story of the club remains the same. However, that isn’t the business of the day, rather we will be talking about his undisputed champion the ‘Invincible’ of 03-04 season and how it begins.

Only few football best, brightest, and intelligent managers would have a mouthwatering opportunity to move to one of the elite clubs in European football and reject such opportunity, however in Wenger’s case, he rejected the opportunity to manage one of the elite clubs and found his way to Nagoya Grampus in Japan.

Putting into consideration why he rejected such opportunity, perhaps that served as a journey of self-discovery and improvement for Wenger in his coaching career before he would eventually venture into the very demanding managerial job of an elite club in Europe, as such he did hear the calling of Arsenal in England but come to think of it in normal circumstances Wenger managing a Japanese side wouldn’t have happened been a highly respected and much sought-after manager of his generation all over Europe.

Wenger’s stint at Monaco may not have come with plenty plaudit and with a silverware laden stint, but his role in nurturing young stars into becoming world-beaters in football can’t be forgotten in a hurry with players such as George Weah et al, the Liberian legend attributed his World Player of the Year award in 1995 to the Frenchman.

The journey to invincibility with the Arsenal team began when he joined from Nagoya Grampus in 1996, but before Arsenal, there was a Nagoya Grampus, and before Nagoya Grampus there was Monaco, the principality side he managed before he headed to Japan, in fact for the record he also had a stint with Nancy before he took up the Monaco job where he actually developed his tactics and studious style of football.

When Wenger joined Arsenal, no one ever thought he’s going to be one of the managers that will revolutionize English football alongside the great Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. When he joined, the headlines on the front page of the English tabloids were ‘Arsene Who‘? following the unceremonious exit of Bruce Rioch, the then Arsenal’s manager prior to the appointment of Wenger.

According to Nick Hornby, a renowned author and an avid fan of the Gunners, said

“I remembered when Rioch was sacked, one of the tabloids had three or four names linked to Arsenal, “it was Venables, Johan Cruyff, and then at the end it was Wenger, he went further to say as a fan he remembered betting it’s gonna be Wenger because he had never heard of him, but he has heard of the other two managers, and in the end, Arsenal appointed the Frenchman the one that you haven’t heard of”.

Arsenal's Invincible: The Provenance & The Success

Back then, In Arsène very few trusted. Photograph: Dave Cheskin/PA

Wenger didn’t take long to adapt to life with English football, and gradually started building a formidable team as he guided the team to their first Premier League title in 97-98 season, prior to the Frenchman winning the League, Arsenal had finished third place on the log, crashed out of two domestic cup competitions at the fourth round stage, and also crashed out of the UEFA Cup in the knockout stages to a German side Borussia Monchengladbach.

After winning the first league and already settled into English football, the following season was somewhat a disappointment for Wenger and his team. The building process of the team continued, but the 1999-2000 season was a bit commendable for the Gunners as they were able to win the Charity Shield against Sir Alex Ferguson led side, and also finished second place in the league behind Manchester United with Thierry Henry making his debut campaign that season with 26 goals.

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The 2000-01 season ended trophyless for the North London side, but the following season comes with a double, the League & FA Cup which would be Wenger’s second league and Cup double, all thanks to Sylvain Wiltord loan goal against Manchester United.

2003/04 season, four years after his first title as Arsenal manager, his team keeps getting stronger and stronger with players like Jens Lehmann whom he signed from Borussia Dortmund to replaced departing club legend David Seaman, and the German shot-stopper came in with a lot of class and top-notch saves.

Of course, if you achieved such kind of feat in a season without conceding a goal, then you must have a solid, reliable, and dependable defense that needs to be praised for a job well done throughout the campaign.

The two central defenders that were the bedrock, no-nonsense and very reliable players of the team that became the foundation in which the attacking players could express themselves, are Sol Campbell a player whose coming to Arsenal was filled with controversy having joined from a crosstown rival Tottenham Hotspur and Kolo Toure whom together they bullied opponent’s strikers with their immense solidity at the back and also possessed a range of passes that many gave credit to throughout the campaign.

As Wenger opted to drop Pascal Cygan whom he began the season with and as such his decision to drop him paid dividends with the pairing of Campbell and Toure, Ashley Cole and Lauren also performed their offensive and defensive duties with ease.

Arsenal's Invincible: The Provenance & The Success

Talk of the wingers, Robert Pires commanded the left-hand side of the 4-4-2 formation finishing as the club’s second top scorer that season with an impressive 14 goals, while on the opposite wing were a combination of the man the Gunners fans called ‘Freddie‘ Fredrik Ljungberg.

Ray Parlour whose career was gradually winding down, the Brazilian Edu whom the media sees as a player that could walk into any top team in Europe then, Sylvain Wiltord the Frenchman that dealt with United in the Cup final, and Jose Antonio Reyes who was hampered with injuries, however all of these players featured in some capacity throughout the season.

In the middle of the park is Patrick Vieira one of the Premier League great, who commanded the midfield with a lot of power, grit, and a commanding display as the captain of the team, and to his side was Gilberto Silva who went under the radar for all of his all-round play, rarely wavering from his defensive duties and very responsible in the role of shielding the back four, basically, he was the unsung hero in the team.

Upfront in the team was Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, one thing that looks unique about the Arsenal side was the sheer quality of top stars in the team, Dennis Bergkamp on his day was somewhat of a magician upfront and also dropping into the number ten role to get the team going, and then there is Thierry Henry a player immortalized into Premier League history, not because of the quality and quantity of goals he scored that season, but for his devastating pace and eyes for goals scoring  32 goals that season, as such he was considered one of the greatest player the Premier League has ever seen.

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The penultimate season that led to the 03-04 invincible or unbeaten season comes with just an FA Cup title, after their FA Cup triumph the 03-04 season would go on to be one of the best seasons for Arsenal in English football, Arsenal won 26 games, drawn 12 and lost none, the North London side cruised to the Premier League title in style and no dent to their results throughout the league season.

The North London club went a record 49 consecutive top-flight league games unbeaten from May 2003 to October 2004, breaking Nottingham Forest’s previous record of 42 set between November 1977 and November 1978. The run ended in a much controversial manner at Old Trafford as a harshly-awarded penalty spurred Manchester United to a 2-0 win in October 2004.

Arsenal's Invincible: The Provenance & The Success

In completing this remarkable run, Arsenal also recorded an unbeaten top-flight league season, only equaled by Preston North End who went the season unbeaten in 1888-89. Although Preston North End played 22 league games that season against Arsenal’s 38.

To the Gunner’s joy, what made the invincible season more unique was the fact that the sealing of the title at the home of arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and also celebrating their success on the turf of their rival made their achievement very sweet and awkward to the Spurs fans.

However, their painful defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League quarterfinals put a small dent on their season as a whole, although the North London side may be experiencing a title drought now but their crowning and invincible achievement are unmatched, perhaps until another team would achieve such feat.

RESULTS & SCORERS

Date Match Scorers
Aug 16, 03 Arsenal 2-1 Everton Campbell, Pires
Aug 24, 03 Middlesbrough 0-4 Arsenal Henry, Gilberto, Wiltord (2)
Aug 27, 03 Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa Campbell, Henry
Aug 31, 03 Man City 1-2 Arsenal Wiltord, Ljungberg
Sep 13, 03 Arsenal 1-1 Portsmouth Henry
Sep 21, 03 Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal Goalless
Sep 26, 03 Arsenal 3-2 Newcastle Utd Henry (2), Gilberto
Oct 4, 03 Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal Hyypia (OG), Pires
Oct 18, 03 Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea Edu, Henry
Oct 26, 03 Charlton Athletic 1-1 Arsenal Henry
Nov 1, 03 Leeds Utd 1-4 Arsenal Henry (2), Pires, Gilberto
Nov 8, 03 Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham Pires, Ljungberg
Nov 22, 03 Birmingham City 0-3 Arsenal Ljungberg, Bergkamp, Pires
Nov 30, 03 Arsenal 0-0 Fulham None
Dec 6, 03 Leicester 1-1 Arsenal Gilberto
Dec 14, 03 Arsenal 1-0 Blackburn Rovers Bergkamp
Dec 20, 03 Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Arsenal Pires
Dec 26, 03 Arsenal 3-0 Wolves Craddock (OG), Henry (2)
Dec 29, 03 Southampton 0-1 Arsenal Pires
Jan 7, 04 Everton 1-1 Arsenal Kanu
Jan 10, 04 Arsenal 4-1 Middlesbrough Henry, Queudrue (OG), Pires, Ljungberg
Jan 18, 04 Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal Henry (2)
Feb 1, 04 Arsenal 2-1 Man City Tarnat (OG), Henry
Feb 7, 04 Wolves 1-3 Arsenal Bergkamp, Henry, Toure
Feb 10, 04 Arsenal 2-0 Southampton Henry (2)
Feb 21, 04 Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal Vieira, Edu
Feb 28, 04 Arsenal 2-1 Charlton Athletic Pires, Henry
Mar 13, 04 Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Arsenal Henry, Pires
Mar 20, 04 Arsenal 2-1 Bolton Wanderers Henry, Pires
Mar 28, 04 Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd Henry
Apr 9, 04 Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool Henry (3), Pires
Apr 11, 04 Newcastle Utd 0-0 Arsenal Goalless
Apr 16, 04 Arsenal 5-0 Leeds Utd Pires, Henry (4)
Apr 25, 04 Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal Vieira, Pires
May 1, 04 Arsenal 0-0 Birmingham None
May 4, 04 Portsmouth 1-1 Arsenal Reyes
May 9, 04 Fulham 0-1 Arsenal Reyes
May 15, 04 Arsenal 2-1 Leicester Henry, Vieira

 

2003/20004 Premier League Table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Arsenal 38 26 12 0 73 26 +47 90
2 Chelsea 38 24 7 7 67 30 +37 79
3 Manchester United 38 23 6 9 64 35 +29 75
4 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 55 37 +18 60
5 Newcastle Utd 38 13 17 8 52 40 +12 56
6 Aston Villa 38 15 11 12 48 44 +4 56
7 Charlton Athletic 38 14 11 13 51 51 0 53
8 Bolton Wanderers 38 14 11 13 48 56 -8 53
9 Fulham 38 14 10 14 52 46 +6 52
10 Birmingham City 38 12 14 12 43 48 -5 50
11 Middlesbrough 38 13 9 16 44 52 -8 48
12 Southampton 38 12 11 15 44 45 -1 47
13 Portsmouth 38 12 9 17 47 54 -7 45
14 Tottenham 38 13 6 19 47 57 -10 45
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 12 8 18 51 59 -8 44
16 Manchester City 38 9 14 15 55 54 +1 41
17 Everton 38 9 12 17 45 57 -12 39
18 Leicester City 38 6 15 17 48 65 -17 33
19 Leeds Utd 38 8 9 21 40 79 -39 33
20 Wolves 38 7 12 19 38 77 -39 33

 

The Invincible Squad

No. Pos Player Apps Goals
1 GK Jens Lehmann 38 0
3 DF Ashley Cole 32 0
4 MF Patrick Vieira 29 3
5 DF Martin Keown 3 (7) 0
7 MF Robert Pires 33 (3) 14>
8 MF Fredrik Ljungberg 27 (3) 4
9 FW Jose Antonio Reyes 7 (6) 2
10 FW Dennis Bergkamp 21 (7) 4
11 FW Sylvain Wiltord 8 (4) 3
12 DF Lauren 30 (2) 0
14 FW Thierry Henry 37 30
15 MF Ray Parlour 12 (10) 0
17 MF Edu 12 (17) 2
18 DF Pascal Cygan 10 (8) 0
19 MF Gilberto Silva 29 (3) 4
22 DF Gael Clichy 7 (5) 0
23 DF Sol Campbell 35 1
25 FW Nwankwo Kanu 3 (7) 1
28 DF Kolo Toure 36 (1) 1
30 FW Jeremie Aliadiere 3 (7) 0
39 MF David Bentley 1 0
45 DF Justin Hoyte (1) 0

 

 

 

 

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.

The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.

Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.

Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.

He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.

The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.

In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.

Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.

Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”

  • Iago Aspas

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.

After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.

At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.

In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.

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  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.

Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.

In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.

The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.

With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.

Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.

Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.

 

Conclusion

There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.

These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.

 

 

 

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Ligue 1 no doubt harbors quite a number of talented players, as such it’s quite understandable for those considered to be world-class players among them to cash out hugely on what they earn at the end of the month.

As of late, the players’ salaries have given indications of solid development, on account of the tremendous income pouring into the game. The fierce rivalry between the country’s top football clubs has brought the nature of the competition higher than ever. The league has more than its own fair share of highly paid players.

Here is a rundown of the top 15 highest-paid players in the Ligue 1

  • Neymar Jr – (Paris Saint Germain, – €3.06 Per Month )

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Behind Ronaldo and Messi, the Brazilian forward is regarded as the third-best player in world football since moving from Santos to Barcelona in 2013 for a deal reported worth €86.2million.

After apparently growing and widening his status as a footballer with his achievement on and off the pitch, it was evident that the former Puskas Award winner would go on to attract top elite clubs.

With the Parisian club brimming with a lot of cash to flex muscles with high spending clubs, it was just a matter of time before Neymar would join them. Fast forward to 2017, the Selecao captain signed for PSG for a world record transfer fee worth €222million, and since then he’s been an important figure of both the club and their project.

Amidst transfer rumors of him returning to his old home Barcelona, plus the fact that the Parisian are also ready to offer him a new deal that would tie him down with the French side for at least another three seasons.

  • Kylian Mbappe – (Paris Saint Germain, € 1.91m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

As a World Cup winner and one of the best prospects in world football, it’s quite understandable for Mbappe to be among the highest-paid players in Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain. The 2018 World Cup winner burst into the scene as a young player for Monaco, making his professional debut in 2015 at the age of 15.

The Frenchman signed for the Parisian club in 2017 on loan, which was later made permanent in 2018. He has shown to be a great prospect for both the club and their project in dominating the Ligue 1 and also flex muscles with the top clubs in Europe.

His permanent transfer to Paris Saint Germain is reported to be worth €180million, making him both the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager. Since joining the Ligue 1 Champions permanently, the 22-year-old has scored over 120 goals for the Parisian club.

However, amidst the rumor of Real Madrid prepping up to break the bank in their quest to bring him down to the Bernabeu, the World Cup winner is still actively the second biggest earner in the league and of course Paris Saint Germain.

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  • Correa Marquinhos & Marco Verratti – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.2m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Since the departure of top players such as Edinson Cavani, Zlatan, and recently Thiago Silva, Marquinhos’s status has risen from being a mere squad player in the dressing room into a leader, captain, and one of the best gladiator of the club.

As a 19-year-old teenager, the Brazilian was signed in 2013 on a five-year deal by Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for a fee of around €31.4million. And as reported by BBC Sport, the deal was said to be the highest transfer fee for a teenager then, while Sky also reports it to be the then fifth highest transfer.

The current form of the Brazilian makes him rank as one of Europe’s most valuable players, most especially as a player who is currently plying his trade with the best team in France.

According to the transfer market rating, Marquinhos market value currently stands at €70million, as such with his years of experience and playing over 313 matches for the Parisian, it’s no surprise that the club captain takes home €1.2m per month tied with the Italian on the same amount.

Veratti

As for the Italian, he’s also been a very instrumental player for the team since joining the club nine years ago. There have always been rumors concerning his future, either joining Barcelona or go back to Italy, but as it stands his current contract with Paris Saint Germain would expire in 2024.

  • Angel Di Maria – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.1m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Since joining the Parisian for €63million after a disappointing stint with Manchester United in 2015, the Argentine winger has continued to prove to the world that he’s still one of the best players in football since leaving Real Madrid.

Di Maria isn’t just rank among the highest earner for doing nothing, he earns his pay through his brilliant performances over the years since joining them, accumulating a total of 251 appearances scoring over 88 goals and 104 assists.

The former Real Madrid winger may not stay in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain for three years or more, as he’s already moving close to the end of his career. However, with his deal still running that makes him the fourth-highest earner in the league.

  • Keylor Navas – (Paris Saint Germain, €1m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

When Navas joined Madrid from Levante in the summer of 2014, no one ever thought he’s going to achieve quite a number of success with Los Blancos based on where he was coming from and his antecedent as a goalkeeper.

After a successful stint with Los Merengues, the imminent arrival of Thibaut Courtois means the Costa Rican goalkeeper days at Real Madrid are numbered.

With his achievement at Real Madrid, it was evident that the Costa Rican won’t find it hard to get good European suitor to come by, as such Paris Saint Germain came calling for his services in 2019 having been told he won’t be Real Madrid number one going forward into the new season.

Following Navas’s move to the French capital, it means his salary would be on the high side based on his achievement and reputation as a Champions League winner with arguably the biggest club in Europe.

As a Paris Saint Germain player, he earns €1m per month, making the Costa Rican one of the highest-paid players in Ligue 1

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  • Mauro Icardi – (Paris Saint Germain, €800,000 Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

The imminent departure of El Matador when Icardi joined Paris Saint Germain on loan means the responsibility of goalscoring would be on the shoulder of the Argentine. The former Inter Milan forward made his loan permanent with the PSG following a strong start in Paris.

The Argentine and controversy certainly go hand in hand based on his antecedent with his previous clubs. Everywhere he goes he has always shown he could lead the line perfectly, and since he joined the Parisian permanently no report of controversy has been recorded concerning the former Nerazzurri captain.

Icardi may not be the poster boy of PSG just like his days at Inter, that doesn’t make him less of a player in the dressing room among other star players like Neymar and Mbappe who are no doubt the face of the club.

  • Leandro Paredes – (Paris Saint Germain, €750,000 Per Month)
    Juan Bernat – (Paris Saint Germain, €700,000 Per Month)
    Presnel Kimpembe – (Paris Saint Germain, €670,000 Per Month)
    Ander Herrera – (Paris Saint Germain, €650,000 Per Month)
    Wissam Ben Yedder – (Monaco, €650,000 Per Month)
    Cesc Fabregas – (Monaco, €600,000 Per Month)
    Julian Draxler – (Paris Saint Germain, €600,000 Per Month)
    Idrissa Guaye – (Paris Saint Germain, €500,000 Per Month)

 

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