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Manchester City the best paid team in sport, beat New York Yankees to accolade

Apr 16, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Manchester City's Belgian captain Vincen

The best paid team in sport hails from Manchester, the blue half.

According to a report released by Sporting Intelligence, Manchester City pay $8.9 million to its first-team players per year, which equals $171,000 per week. On average.

City top the list of the top 10 best paid sports teams in the world, six are soccer teams, two are MLB franchises and two are NBA teams.

Here is the complete top ten and how much they pay their players, on average, per year.

1. Manchester City = $8.9 million

2. New York Yankees = $8.83 million

3. LA Dodgers = $8.58 million

4. Real Madrid = $8.37 million

5. Barcelona = $8.22 million

6. Brooklyn Nets = $7.52 million

7. Bayern Munich = $7.36 million

8. Manchester United = $7.25 million

9. Chicago Bulls = $6.70 million

10. Chelsea = $6.69 million

With three Premier League teams adorning the top ten of this list, it’s easy to see where the big money is in soccer.

However you would expect soccer teams to fall down this list in the coming years, as UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules come into effect. We’ve already seen Man City and Paris Saint-Germain among teams who are currently being investigated by UEFA for breaching the financial rules, so they’ll have to cut their cloth accordingly in the future.

Are you surprised to only see four U.S. sports teams in the top 10?

  1. patriotsdefense - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Not surprised at all, American sports owners yield too much power

  2. nextmanup81 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    I’m surprised to see basketball teams since they operate under a salary cap

    • mdac1012 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      It’s not a hard cap like the NFL, NBA teams have exemptions that allow them to go over the cap.

      • drewvt6 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        …and from a math point of view an NBA roster is a much smaller sample size. A player making $30million has a much bigger impact on the ‘average salary’ of a 12 man roster than the same salary would for a 53-man NFL roster. Statistically speaking the average salaries for these 25 man roster MLB teams and their Euro Soccer counterparts are more impressive than the NBA teams.

  3. mazblast - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Man City finally has a year, ONE YEAR, as the top dog in town, and gets the financial hounds called down on it. This has the ring of Man U as the Yankees and Man City as the Mets or Red Sox, with the big dog not taking kindly to even a moment of not being #1.

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