These days with the cost of living rising, one can’t help but wonder about the finances of world football. How much are clubs spending on players? What’s a salary cap?
Highest Earners in Eredivisie
The highest earner in the Dutch Eredivisie is Ajax’s Sébastien Haller on approximately £3.4m per year or £66,000 per week. His teammate, Dušan Tadić, is close behind earning just over £3m annually or about £58,000 per week.
Ajax players make up the top 5 highest-paid players in the Eredivisie as well as 7 out of the top 10. Rounding out the top 5 player salaries are Davy Klaassen (£2.8m per year), Steven Berghuis (£2.6m per year), and Ryan Gravenberch (£2.4m).
Average Eredivisie Salary
The average player salary in the Eredivisie is approximately €300,000 (£257,500) per year or about €5,800 (£5,000) per week. The top 10 earners in the Dutch top-flight earn an average salary of €2.84m or £2.4m annually.
How Much Do Eredivisie Players Make?
Eredivisie footballers can earn anywhere from as little as £17,000 per year to as much as nearly £3.5m per year. The majority of the top earners play for Ajax and PSV as these clubs have much bigger budgets than most of the other Eredivisie clubs.
In the 2021/22 season, Ajax spent roughly £29.5m on player salaries. This figure comes out to nearly £1.1m per player per year.
Ajax’s spending is nearly double that of the second most expensive club, PSV. The second-place spenders will be paying nearly £15.5m for annual player salaries or roughly £5.9m per player per year.
These financial figures alone correlate with the utter league dominance of both Ajax (36 league titles) and PSV (24 league titles) for decades.
Feyenoord sits a distant third with 15 league titles. The ‘third’ club of the Eredivisie is also third in spending with an annual payroll of £9.4m for player salaries.
Eredivisie vs Premier League: Salaries
Players in the Dutch top flight, the Eredivisie, earn far less than their peers in the English Premier League. Eredivisie footballers earn an average salary of around £257,000 per year. Premier League players earn an average salary of over £3.1m per year.
The average footballer in the Premiership earns more than ten times as much as their Dutch top-flight counterparts! Top earners in the Premier League are among the best-paid sports players in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin De Bruyne are paid £26.8m and £20.8m per year respectively.
In contrast, top Eredivisie earners are paid no more than £3.5m annually with many in the top 10 hovering closer to £2.5m per year. This financial discrepancy makes Ajax’s run to the 2018/19 Champions League semi-final all the more impressive.
Tottenham’s smash and grab victory to knock Ajax out of the UCL was powered by an annual payroll of over £91m. Compared to Ajax’s annual payroll of £16.4m, Spur’s should have won more convincingly.
But that’s why we play the games!