PSG world's top-paying team

2015-05-20 16:04

London - French champions Paris Saint-Germain pay their players higher salaries than any other team in world sport, according to figures published on Wednesday.

The Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2015 produced by the website Sporting Intelligence found that PSG pay their first-team players an average yearly salary of £5.299 million.

It took the Ligue 1 giants, bankrolled by Qatar Sports Investments, to first place in the list, with Manchester City, who topped the poll in 2014, slipping to third place with an average yearly wage of £5.015 million.

Last season's European champions Real Madrid came second, while Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal all made the top 10.

The survey only takes into account earnings for playing sport and ignores income from commercial endorsements or other activities.

The 2015 report looked at 333 teams in 17 leagues across 13 countries in seven sports: football, baseball, basketball, American football, cricket, ice hockey and Australian Rules football.

America's basketball championship the NBA is the highest-paying league as a whole, with the 448 players who competed during the 2014-15 season each earning an average of £2.67 million per year.

Top 10 highest-paying sports teams (average pay per year):

1. Paris Saint-Germain (FRA/football) £5 298 693

2. Real Madrid (ESP/football) £5 040 520

3. Manchester City (ENG/football) £5 015 122

4. Barcelona (ESP/football) £4 715 116

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (USA/baseball) £4 679 937

6. Manchester United (ENG/football) £4 679 377

7. Bayern Munich (GER/football) £4 468 643

8. Chelsea (ENG/football) £4 353 056

9. New York Yankees (USA/baseball) £4 263 577

10. Arsenal (ENG/football) £4 054 066

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