Premier League average weekly wage 'more than £50K'
The average weekly wage for a Premier League player has risen above £50,000 for the first time, says a new study.
Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey says the average annual wage in England’s top flight is £2,642,508 – £50,817 per week.
Manchester United and Manchester City both pay a basic average weekly salary of £100,000, less than Barcelona, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid.
Barca’s near £6.6m weekly bill includes Lionel Messi’s £500,000-per-week deal.
PSG (£6.472m) and European champions Real (£6.224m) are second and third in the list.
Premier League players top football averages
The £2.6m average for a Premier League player is more than double the equivalent figure in the German Bundesliga (£1.26m) and France’s Ligue 1 (£944,4075). Players in Spain’s La Liga earn an average of £1.68m annually, while the figure for Italy’s Serie A is £1.33m.
Manchester United are the highest-paying Premier League club, with a weekly wage bill of £5.241m to Manchester City’s £5.235m.
Behind them come Chelsea (£4.451m), Arsenal (£4.037m), Liverpool (£3.649m) and Tottenham (£3.154m).
NBA players earn highest average weekly salary
The three best-paid teams in global sport are American basketball franchises.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (£7.150m), the Cleveland Cavaliers (£6.919m) and the Golden State Warriors (£6.877m) top the list.
NBA players earn an average of £5.5m per year.