Former Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin reveals Barcelona wages and says ‘dehumanised’ footballers ‘should pay most taxes’

    Former Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin took the unusual step of revealing his Barcelona wages, while also advocating for footballers to be taxed more.

    The 27-year-old right-back left the Emirates for the Camp Nou in the summer, after completing a free transfer back to his boyhood club.

    Bellerin has revealed his wages and believes footballer should pay the most tax

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    Bellerin has revealed his wages and believes footballer should pay the most tax

    Bellerin, who regularly uses his voice for activism and social justice, has revealed his wages.

    Having returned to the club he started out, he did not demand a huge sum of money.

    His one-year deal with Barcelona is worth £440,000-a-year, which is less than £8,500-per-week.

    Robert Lewandowski earns a reported £300,000-a-week, with some news outlets even suggesting Frenkie de Jong is on as much as £600,000.

    Bellerin told Catalan newspaper Ara: “I signed with Barca for 500,000 euros.

    “Nowadays what worries me is playing football at the highest level.

    Bellerin returned to Barcelona in the summer after leaving Arsenal

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    Bellerin returned to Barcelona in the summer after leaving Arsenal

    “I am lucky that I have been doing this for many years and I am in a financially comfortable situation that allows me to enjoy the that I want.

    “In the end, we don’t need as much as we think and I live a very normal life. My priorities are not based on a financial issue.”

    Bellerin, who is a co-owner at Forest Green Rovers, added: “Footballers are the people who should pay the most taxes.

    “I come from a family where there were months when we had to do the impossible to be able to eat. I continue to live with people like that, with friends, friends of the family.

    The 27-year-old has found game time limited since his return

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    The 27-year-old has found game time limited since his return

    “Everyone wants to earn money to be more comfortable, but with what I earn I think you have to think not only about your environment, but also about society, where there are very precarious situations.

    “We footballers are in a very privileged position.

    “We have worked hard and made many sacrifices, but we must be aware of what we have, where we come from and we should be the first to want to help the stability of our society.

    “However, I understand that there are colleagues who think differently.

    “We footballers are dehumanised, [living] in a bubble.”

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