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2022-23 Barcelona Salaries & Contracts Breakdown

Last Updated: September 8, 2023

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story covers the season that ended in June 2023. Click here for the full Barcelona contracts overview for the 2023-24 season.

Who’s the highest-paid player at Camp Nou this season? Boardroom dives into the details of the Barcelona salaries currently on the books.

Barcelona has constructed several high-profile signings and has worked painstakingly to balance its salaries after several years of pandemic-infused economic difficulties. Yet, despite financial tribulations and all-time high wage bills, the Catalan club is still willing to pay top dollar for star players to win in La Liga and European competitions.

In fact, spending big money has always been part of the club’s DNA. From the world-record transfer fee for signing Johan Cruyff from Ajax in 1973 to producing a similar achievement in 2017 by acquiring Philippe Coutinho for $147.07 million, Barca has a unique distinction as the club willing to spend the highest transfer fees in the world.

But why does the club feel it must spend so much money? It’s a historic and fierce rivalry with Real Madrid and a fanbase that demands excellence.

Barcelona has a philosophy of playing a specific style of football known as “tiki-taka,” which involves a high level of technical skill, quick passing and movement, and control of possession. Therefore, the club needs players with distinctive skill sets and proficiency to execute this style successfully. On top of playing an entertaining style, the Spanish giant’s global fanbase pressures the club to sustain its success on the pitch and stay competitive with top European clubs worldwide.

In other words, the Azulgranas must spend freely, acquiring the suited players to thrive in the Barcelona system and deliver the expected winning results. While spending such large sums of money comes with risk, Barcelona’s track record of success suggests that its investment strategy has paid off.

With all this in mind, let’s dig into the Barcelona salaries and contracts sitting on the books at Camp Nou this season.

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Barcelona Salaries & Contracts for the 2022-23 Season

All wage spending figures via Capology 

1. CM Frenkie de Jong: $40,003,6500

  • Contract: 4 years, $160,014,600

2. CDM Sergio Busquets: $39,470,268

  • Contract: 1 year, $39,470,268

3. CF Robert Lewandowski: $22,220,694

T-3. LB Jordi Alba: $22,220,694

  • Contract: 2 years, $44,441,388

5. CB Gerard Piqué: $15,734,769

  • Contract: 2 years, $31,469,538

6. LW Ansu Fati: $14,881,358

7. CB Jules Koundé: $14,454,652

8. RW Raphinha: $13,334,550

9. RW Ousmane Dembélé: $12,801,168

  • Contract: 2 years, $25,602,336

10. LW Ferran Torres: $10,667,640

  • Contract: 5 years, $53,338,200

11. CM Pedri: $10,006,246

  • Contract: 4 years, $40,024,985

12. GK Marc-André ter Stegen: $9,600,786

  • Contract: 3 years, $28,802,628

t-12. CM Franck Kessié: $9,600,786

  • Contract: 4 years, $38,403,504

t-12. CB Andreas Christensen: $9,600,786

  • Contract: 4 years, $38,403,504

15. CB Ronald Araújo: $7,467,348

  • Contract: 4 years, $29,869,392

16. CM Gavi: $7,253,995

  • Contract: 4 years, $29,015,981

17. LB Marcos Alonso: $6,667,275

  • Contract: 2 years, $13,334,550

18. CB Eric Garcia: $6,400,584

  • Contract: 4 years, $25,602,336

19. RB Sergi Roberto: $5,333,820

  • Contract: 2 years, $10,667,640

20. GK Iñaki Peña: $2,133,528

  • Contract: 1 year, $2,133,528

21. CF Martin Braithwaite: $426,706

  • Contract: 1 year, $426,706

22. GK Arnau Tenas: $384,035

  • Contract: 1 year, $384,035

23. CM Pablo Torre: $224,020

  • Contract: 4 years, $896,082

24. LB Alejandro Balde: $170,682

  • Contract: 2 years, $341,364

Barca 2022-23 Wage Spending Facts

All salary figures via Capology as of April 4, 2023

  • Annual Payroll: $281,060,310
  • Weekly Wage Spending: $5,405,006
  • Average Player Salary per Week: $225,209

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