Manchester United may not be flying high in the Premier League, with yet another drab goalless encounter against Crystal Palace during the weekend but their players wages are nowhere near sinking. Alexis Sanchez pockets over £14million annually after tax, and has massively underperformed since his arrival from Arsenal in January.
The Red Devils pay an average annual salary of £6,534,654 per year to first-team players, half-a-million pounds higher than high flying Manchester City.
The Citizens pay £5,993,000 averagely to first team players while Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham follow behind closely with £5,020,004, £4,862,963, £4,853,130 Tottenham £3,515,778.
Manchester United’s average salary is almost double Tottenham’s, and puts them as one of the 10 highest paying sports clubs in the world.
The Premier League has been dubbed the league that pays the highest salary to players per season, while the Indian Cricket League, American Football league pay the highest wages per game.
Barcelona are the first football club to pay an average annual salary of £10million for its players, which makes it come ahead of Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United who complete the football quartet.
Six NBA teams complete the top 10 highest-paying sports clubs in the world.
That said, despite Burnley’s average annual first-team wage of £1,603,197 placing them third-bottom of the Premier League pile, the Clarets are still paying more than the likes of Ligue 1’s Monaco and Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
“The two Manchester clubs, United and City, remain clear of the rest in basic pay terms according to our calculations,” say Sporting Intelligence, who conduct the survey.
“We thought last year that whichever of the pair achieved the most on the pitch would end up with the larger of the two overall wage bills (all staff) for 2017-18.
“In fact City won the league and had wages of £260m and United faltered but paid out £296m.”
According to the BBC, not only have Barcelona become the first sports club in the world to pay an average of more than £10m a year to first-team players, the Spanish giants have also broken the £200,000-per-week barrier for the first time.
On average, first-teamers at the Nou Camp earn £10,454,259 a year, which translates to an average £201,043 per week.
European champions and La Liga rivals Real Madrid are second on the list with a yearly average of £8,089,582, with Italian side Juventus the third-highest paying football club at £6,726,615 on average per year.
Despite Barca and Real’s dominance on the pay scale, the average Premier League yearly salary remains 36% higher than that of La Liga and almost double the amount paid to players in Italy’s Serie A.
Basketball’s Oklahoma City Thunder are the highest-paying non-football club, closely followed by Golden State Warriors, while outside of football and basketball it is Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs who lead the way as the 30th highest-paying sports team.