PS2.4 MILLION That Huge Sum Is Now the AVERAGE Premier League Salary as We Reveal: United Smash PS100k-a-Week Barrier to Be World's Top Paying Football Club; How Effect of Brexit Helped to Knock; Incredible Rise of China as They Pay PSout to Be a Football Super-Power

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PS2.4 MILLION That Huge Sum Is Now the AVERAGE Premier League Salary as We Reveal: United Smash PS100k-a-Week Barrier to Be World's Top Paying Football Club; How Effect of Brexit Helped to Knock; Incredible Rise of China as They Pay PSout to Be a Football Super-Power


Byline: Nick Harris

MANCHESTER UNITED have the highest wages in world football according to a global survey, with the first-team squad earning PS5.77million a year basic salary on average.

The survey considers the pay of almost 10,000 sportsmen at 333 teams in seven sports across 17 of the world's richest leagues.

NBA basketball teams en masse have soared up this rich list due to Brexit's effect on the dollar and a new TV deal, and two of the world's richest three teams in terms of salary are now NBA teams, and the third is a baseball team, the New York Yankees.

But the Premier League remains by far the best-paid football league on the planet. Average basic firstteam pay in England's top division is PS2,438,275, or PS48,766 a week. That is close to double the average wage in La Liga, which is just more than PS1.2m per player per year, or PS24,786 a week.

And United are now the fourth best-paid team in world sport and the best-paid football team in the world, man for man. The global sports salary survey (GSSS) found the average first-team wage at Old Trafford equates to basic pay of PS110,962 a week. The acquisition of world-record signing Paul Pogba and high-earner Zlatan Ibrahimovic have propelled them up the list.

Barcelona, home to Lionel Messi (right), Neymar and Luis Suarez, are the second best-paid football team and fifth across all teams, averaging PS5.6m per player a year, or PS109,000 a week, while Manchester City are third (PS5.4m per year, PS104,000 per week), and ranked No 9 in the world. Real Madrid are the fourth best-paid football team, the No19 team across all sport.

The survey shows how the NBA teams have collectively stretched their lead to keep American basketball as clearly the world's best paying sport. The 449 players on the rosters of the NBA's 30 teams earn an average PS4.8m a year.

The Premier League's financial strength in depth is mightier than ever thanks to new TV deals now in force for the 2016-19 seasons, when Sky and BT Sport will pay PS5.1bn between them for domestic live rights. Foreign broadcasters will pay PS3bn for overseas rights collectively, and Match of the Day and other programmes will contribute hundreds of millions more for highlights and delayed rights.

The Premier League's central earnings, the vast majority from TV, will be PS3bn a year for the next three seasons, and the majority of that will go to clubs, where the biggest single outlay is player wages.

The Premier League's clubs flexed their financial muscle in dramatic fashion over the summer when, led by Manchester's two teams, they smashed the single division spending record for one transfer window by spending almost PS1.2bn.

United spent PS145m on stars for new manager Jose Mourinho, breaking the world record to sign Pogba for PS89m as well as hiring Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Ibrahimovic. Pogba, Rooney and Ibrahimovic all feature among the top 10 best-paid players in the world.

City spent PS168m this summer on the likes of John Stones for PS47.5m, Leroy Sane for PS37m and Ilkay Gundogan for PS20m, and have three of the world's top 20 best-paid players in Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Kevin De Bruyne.

United's first-team squad cost PS522.4m to assemble -- more than any club in the world -- ahead of Real Madrid in second place (PS513.3m) and City in third (PS454.4m). The biggest spenders on fees are the same cohort of super rich clubs who lead the way in wage expenditure. Barcelona's squad cost 'only' PS331m to assemble because some of their key talent, Messi included, were produced by the club's academy.

Celtic have the biggest average first-team salary in Scotland at PS718,000 per player, more than double the next biggest at Rangers (PS317,000 per year). Salaries peaked at Celtic four years ago at an average of just over PS1m a year but wage bills in Scotland buck the general trend and are down. …

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