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Top 15 Best Paid Sports Teams in the World

Last updated on: April 16, 2014 15:50 IST

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English Premier League side Manchester City leads a list of best paid sports team in the world, according to a new study.

The Global Sports Salaries Survey 2014, compiled by sportingingtelligence.com and ESPN The Magazine, showed the average first-team player at City is now paid £5.3million a year (£102,653 a week).

While Chelsea, another Premier League club, has cut their wage bill to help them comply with UEFA’s cost-control measures, a new study has shown that City continues to outstrip American sporting giants like New York Yankees, as well as iconic Spanish football teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid, in terms of average salaries paid to their stars.

Two giants from American baseball, the New York Yankees and the LA Dodgers, as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona, come in behind City to round-off the top-five in the list.

The other teams in the top 10 bracket also include the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA (at No 6), Bayern Munich (No 7), and Chicago Bulls of the NBA (No 9).

The Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS), produced for ESPN The Magazine in the USA, has been tracking comparative pay at major sports teams for five years.

Following the survey, Rediff.com lets you glance through the Top 12 best paid sports teams in the world (by average first-team salary)…

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Manchester City

English Premier League

Avg annual pay: £5,337,944 (approx. Rs 537,710,710)

Avg week pay: £102,653 (approx. Rs 103,48,448)

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Image: Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates with team-mate Samir Nasri
Photographs: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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New York Yankees

Major League Baseball

Avg annual pay: £5,286,628 (approx. Rs 53,25,41,461)

Avg week pay: £101,666 (approx. Rs 102,51,088)

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Image: The New York Yankees celebrate
Photographs: Al Bello/Getty Images

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Los Angeles Dodgers

Major League Baseball

Avg annual pay: £5,119,701 (approx. Rs 51,62,24,791)

Avg week pay: £98,456 (approx. Rs 99,17,834)

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Image: Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a broken bat single
Photographs: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

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Real Madrid

La Liga

Avg annual pay: £4,993,393 (approx. Rs 50,30,02,822)

Avg week pay: £96,027 (approx. Rs 96,73,152)

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Image: Real Madrid players celebrate
Photographs: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

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Barcelona

La Liga

Avg annual pay: £4,901,327 (approx. Rs 49,37,28,676)

Avg week pay: £94,256 (approx. Rs 94,94,753)

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Image: Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona with teammate Xavi Hernandez
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Brooklyn Nets

NBA

Avg annual pay: £4,485,019 (approx. Rs 45,17,92,441)

Avg week pay: £86,250 (approx. Rs 86,88,279)

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Image: Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets
Photographs: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

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Bayern Munich

Bundesliga

Avg annual pay: £4,402,905 (approx. Rs 44,35,20,796)

Avg week pay: £84,671 (approx. Rs 85,29,220)

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Image: Bayern Munich players celebrate a goal
Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

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Manchester United

English Premier League

Avg annual pay: £4,322,251 (approx. Rs 43,58,17,076)

Avg week pay: £83,120 (approx. Rs 83,72,982)

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Image: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United controls the ball past Jonny Evans during a training session
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Chicago Bulls

NBA

Avg annual pay: £3,985,706 (approx. Rs 40,14,94,808)

Avg week pay: £76,648 (approx. Rs 77,21,034)

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Image: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls
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Chelsea

Premier League

Avg annual pay: £3,984,536 (approx. Rs 40,13,76,950)

Avg week pay: £76,626 (approx. Rs 77,18,818)

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Image: Andre Schurrle (right) celebrates scoring the second goal for Chelsea with team mate David Luiz
Photographs: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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Arsenal

English Premier League

Avg annual pay: £3,901,923 (approx. Rs 39,30,55,039)

Avg week pay: £75,037 (approx. Rs 75,58,752)

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Image: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates after scoring against West Ham United
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New York Knicks

NBA

Avg annual pay: £3,862,191 (approx. Rs 38,90,52,689)

Avg week pay: £74,273 (approx. Rs 74,89,024)

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Image: Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks scores
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Detroit Tigers

Major League Baseball

Avg annual pay: £3,833,510 (approx. Rs 38,61,63,546)

Avg week pay: £73,721 (approx. Rs 74,33,365)

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Image: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by Nick Castellanos #9 after scoring
Photographs: Denis Poroy/Getty Images

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Philadelphia Phillies

Major League Baseball

Avg annual pay: £3,811,638 (approx. Rs 38,39,602,99)

Avg week pay: £73,301 (approx. Rs 73,83,879)

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Image: Philadelphia Phillies players celebrate
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Boston Red Sox

Major League Baseball

Avg annual pay: £3,763,451 (approx. Rs 3,79,106,246)

Avg week pay: £72,374 (approx. Rs 72,97,545)


Image: David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox
Photographs: Elsa/Getty Images

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