Manchester United Drop From #1 to #4 in World’s Highest Paid Team

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The 2017 global sports salaries survey (GSSS) was released this weekend revealing the best paid teams in world football, and this year brought a shake-up at the top. Manchester United are no longer holders of the top spot, as they drop down to fourth this year. It’s Barcelona who are in the top perch, followed by Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

The metric utilized here is average base salary per first team player, and Barca leads the way at £6.6 million. Lionel Messi and his new £500,000-a-week contract extension, signed in July, have a whole lot to do with that.

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Paris Saint-Germain are moving up the ladder fast though having splashed the cash for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and this bringing their average up to £6.5 million. Real Madrid come in third at £6.2 million, while United are next at £5.2 million.

Jettisoning the highly paid Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney had a lot of consequence on bringing the overall average down, despite the big money spent by Old Trafford this past summer. United have a become a summer transfer window only buying club, but they do keep spending big during those summers.

The trio of Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic cost over £136 million.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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