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Barcelona best paid global sports team

Thu 21st Apr 2011 | Money & Finance

Barcelona are the highest paid team in global sports measured by average first-team wages, ahead of their great rivals Real Madrid in second place.

According to the Global Sports Salaries Survey 2011, to be published this week by sportingintelligence, Barcelona’s first team players earned an average £95,081 per player per week, or £4,944,211 per year in the period under review.

Real Madrid’s players in No2 place earned £88,421 per week (£4.6m per year)

The salaries report features average salary information from 272 teams in 14 leagues in seven sports across 10 countries.

The Premier League remains the richest football league in the world and five of its clubs – Chelsea, City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal – are among the top 30 best paid teams.

At 6th in the table Chelsea’s players earn an average of £72,365 per week, £3.76m per year

High spending Manchester City enters the list in 10th place with its players earning an average £70,476 per week, £3.66m per year.

Surprisingly Manchester United enter the list in 16th place with their players earning an average of£59,316 per week followed by Liverpool (20) and Arsenal (22) earning £57,325 and £55,247 respectively.

The full report 78-page report reveals the best-paid leagues overall, contains 56 pages of league-by-league detail assessing the relationship between money and success, and includes prize earnings for the top golfers and top tennis players to see how team sports earnings compare to those in major solo sports..

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