Man Utd are foot­ball’s top pay­ers, says sur­vey

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Manch­ester United pay the high­est wages in world foot­ball, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est edi­tion of the Global Sports Salaries Sur­vey.

Av­er­age ba­sic first-team pay at the Premier League club has been cal­cu­lated at 5.77 mil­lion pounds ($7.27 mil­lion) per year or 110,962 pounds per week. United are ranked fourth in the over­all sport­ing pay league be­hind the NBA’s Cleve­land Cava­liers, which pays an av­er­age an­nual salary of $8.7 mil­lion, base­ball’s New York Yan­kees ($7.68 mil­lion) and an­other NBA team, the LA Clip­pers ($7.65 mil­lion).

The sur­vey is based on the re­ported pay of al­most 10,000 sports­men at 333 teams in seven sports and is pub­lished on the sporting­in­tel­li­ web­site.

Barcelona are the sec­ond high­est foot­ball pay­ers with an av­er­age an­nual salary of 5.65 mil­lion pounds, fol­lowed by Manch­ester City (5.4 mil­lion pounds).

Last year United were ranked below City, but United’s 145 mil­lion pound clos­esea­son trans­fer splurge, which saw the ar­rival of the world’s most ex­pen­sive foot­baller Paul Pogba and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic, has in­flated their wage bill.

The two Manch­ester clubs are the only Premier League teams in the over­all sport­ing top 30, with Chelsea (34), Ar­se­nal (47) and Liver­pool (60) lag­ging well be­hind Amer­i­can sports teams, re­flect­ing the pound’s fall against the dol­lar, fol­low­ing Bri­tain’s vote to leave the Euro­pean Union.

The Premier League re­mains the most lu­cra­tive global foot­ball league, with an av­er­age first-team pay of 48,766 pounds per week. That rep­re­sents a 32-fold in­crease on the an­nual fig­ure of 77,000 pounds for 1992-93 when the league be­gan.

Fur­ther in­creases are ex­pected af­ter the Premier League agreed do­mes­tic and global tele­vi­sion deals worth around 8 bil­lion pounds for 2016-19.

Else­where in Europe, Bay­ern Mu­nich are Ger­man foot­ball’s best pay­ers, with Ju­ven­tus top­ping the league in Italy. But China has emerged as a fi­nan­cial force with the sur­vey say­ing that five of the 14 best paid play­ers in the world are con­tracted there. Ron­aldo re­mains the world’s best paid foot­baller on the equiv­a­lent of 365,000 pounds per week, the sur­vey said.

Tele­vi­sion is also hav­ing a huge im­pact on the salaries for NBA stars, with the league ne­go­ti­at­ing a nine-year $24 bil­lion deal in 2014.

The NBA con­tains six of the world’s top 10 rich­est teams and 14 of the top 20. The sur­vey cov­ers 17 leagues in foot­ball, base­ball, bas­ket­ball, NFL, cricket, ice hockey and Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball. — Reuters

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