Manchester City&’s staggering rise over the last five years was highlighted yesterday when they were revealed as the highest paying club in any sport in the world. City’s players now average £100,764 per week (or £5.2m per year) according to Sporting Intelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2013.
That figure means the former Premier League champions, who yesterday completed the signing of Seville winger Jesus Navas for £15m, have the best-paid players in any team sport.
City sit above Real Madrid (£90,734 per week) and Barcelona (£90,201 per week) as one of three football teams in the top five. Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers (£93,380 per week) are in second place and the New York Yankees (£89,407 per week) are fifth.
The figures are collated from average first-team pay to produce as close as possible comparison between 278 teams in 14 leagues in seven sports across 10 countries where first-team squads can vary in size.
The figures cover a variety of sports including football, basketball, ice hockey, cricket and baseball and come from a variety of countries. They do not however include France’s top football division, Ligue 1, where Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are becoming major players.
Monaco have given a clear indication of the size of their ambition by spending £110m on new players already this summer. The French Ligue 2 champions have bought Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez and fought off competition for the signature of Radamel Falcao by paying Atletico Madrid £50m for the striker.
The last eight winners of the Champions League are in the top 12 of the pay charts with Chelsea in eighth place and current Premier League champions Manchester United in 12th. Perhaps unsurprisingly the list of English clubs then has Arsenal in 15th place (£70,503 per week), Liverpool in 21st place (£64,551 per week) and then Tottenham in 51st place (£50,538 per week).
What may cause consternation is the relatively high placing of Aston Villa (£41,736 per week), Sunderland (£35,938 per week) and Newcastle United (£34,815 per week) who are all in the top 75 payers. All three teams spent most of last season fighting for Premier League survival at the foot of the table. Queen’s Park Rangers’ players, who were relegated, also averaged a salary of £32,569 per week, enough to put them in 91st place.