Jesse Lingard: How Much Former Man Utd Winger Will Earn After Joining FC Seoul

Jesse Lingard: How Much Former Man Utd Winger Will Earn After Joining FC Seoul

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 8, 2024 at 11:15 AM
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  • Jesse Lingard has completed his move to South Korean club FC Seoul
  • The winger has been without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest
  • The Englishman is now the highest-paid player in the K-League

Despite his modest wages after joining FC Seoul as a free agent, Jesse Lingard is the K-League's highest-paid player.

Lingard, who has been without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest last year, shockingly chose to move to Asia despite offers from multiple European clubs.

Jesse Lingard, Maxwell Cornet, Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma, Kurt Zouma, Lucas Paqueta, West Ham.
Jesse Lingard trained with former teammates at West Ham before joining FC Seoul. Photo by Victoria Jones.
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He had a month's trial at Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq, managed by Steven Gerrard, but was not signed up due to his wage demands, which were above the team’s budget.

He also offered himself to Barcelona, while Mirror UK reports that he turned down 25 clubs to head to Asia, including West Ham, SS Lazio and Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami.

Jesse Lingard’s salary at Seoul

Per Korea Joongang Daily, the former Manchester United star will earn £17,500 per week, amounting to £910,000 per annum, a significant drop from his £180,000 per week at Nottingham Forest.

The salary, however, makes him the highest-paid player in the league. After completing the move, the 31-year-old signed a two-year contract and shared an emotional message on his Instagram page.

“New beginnings. So excited to finally get back on the pitch and do what I love the most. I'm so grateful for the love and support in Korea,” he wrote.

The England international joins a list of forgotten former footballers in the Asian league, including former Chelsea star Oscar and former Barcelona star Miralem Pjanic. Former Everton star Allan and Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer are also seeing out their careers in Asia.

Scholes pokes fun at Lingard

Sports Brief reported on Paul Scholes poking fun at Lingard after the winger shared photos from his individual training in Dubai.

The Manchester United legend claimed he was on the right path working with the ball and only needed 10 more guys to join him, indirectly telling him to find a team.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.