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Manchester United football’s top payers, says survey

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 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 close-season 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. 
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