I just discovered capology.com, which seems like it's been missing from the football business consumer-level landscape. I love me some Transfermarkt, but this has some nifty and helpful UI. That said, I wish they did some int'l consolidated data sets, as opposed to having everything by league, but it's still doable with many tabs open simultaneously.
Without worrying about making this post too fancy with formatting, here are some things that jump out to me. The list of players making weekly wages in excess of (E)$400K/week are as follows (all numbers in Euros):
1. Messi - $1.2M (!!)
2. Neymar - $1.1M (!)
3. Bale - $653K
4. Mbappe - $617K
5. Ronaldo - $602K
6. Hazard - $600K
7. Griezmann - $577K
8. Ramos - $524K
9. KDB - $467K
10. Benz - $461K
11. Lewa - $442K
11. De Gea - $438K
12. Alaba - $432K
13. Busi - $432K
14. Marcelo - $422K
15. Kroos - $422K
16. Sancho - $408K
17. Alba - $400K
18. Oblak - $400K
19. Varane - $397K
So a few things to talk about with just this list. First and foremost, the PSG frontline is straight up madness. Like, mind-boggling. Flabbergasting. Staggering. I cannot use enough superlatives here...speechlessness is a completely valid reaction.
Real Madrid has 3 absolute disaster deals on here in Bale, Hazard, and Marcelo. However, Bale and Marcelo come off the books this year. Man United also has some serious woof going on with DDG--he's signed for another season too. Barca don't get to laugh too hard though, as they're paying out the nose for aging vets Busi and Alba, along with footing a significant portion of Griezmann's wages to PLAY FOR A LEAGUE RIVAL.
PSG have 14 of the 15 highest player wages in Ligue 1 (Tanguy NDombele's 1/2 season loan from Spurs to Lyon being the other). All of those players are on $150K+.
Dybala is the highest paid player in Serie A at $260K (which expires this year). Vlahovic likely to inherit top spot at $250K. Far behind
Bayern have the top 10 highest wages in the Bundesliga--not as completely silly as PSG, but still absurd. All of those players are on $200K+.
Madrid have 6/8 highest wages in La Liga. So more spread out at the top than France and Germany, but still dominant.
Juve and Inter combine to have 13 of the 14 highest wages in Italy (Napoli's Koulibaly has a rich deal), and Juve have the 4 highest.
In the EPL, United have 4/5 highest, and the 2 Manchesters combined have 11/14 at the top (Chelsea has the other 3).
If you look at the top 25 wages by league, it's interesting to me that EPL, Liga, Serie A, and even Ligue show a plateau of sorts where more clubs start appearing--EPL at around $220K with Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Serie at around $150K with AC, Napoli, Roma, and Lazio, and Ligue at ~$120K with Monaco and Marseilles. Spain is dominated by the Big 3, with only Sevilla cracking the top 25 once. But what I find most interesting is that in Bundesliga, after the Big 2, there's a huge dropoff in that it's the only league where the top 25 wages drops below $100K.
Once you expand to top 50 wages, I think it reveals even more. Generally-speaking across all 5 leagues, you see a glut of players with similar wages at this point. In the EPL and the Bundesliga, you see a fair amount of clubs make the list (e.g., Hoffenheim, Hertha, 'Gladbach in Germany, and LCFC, Wolves, and WHU in England). Spain, Italy, and to a lesser extent France are still dominated by a handful of clubs.
I have a newfound appreciation for Milan's campaign this year (which is hard to write as I'm a nerazzurri man), but they're 5th in wages (right next to Roma) and about half of Juve's spend.