May 09 2012
ESPN The Magazine put together a list of the highest paying professional sports teams in the world. The list includes the top 278 professional sports teams.. I’ll spare you the suspense – #278 is the Columbus Crew.
So the question is – who are the Top 5 Highest Paying Professional Sports Teams in the World? Cold-blooded Americans are going to be surprised, but if you’re a soccer player you’re doing pretty damn well for yourself…
Hit the jump to see the big-timers..
5.) The Los Angeles Lakers
Avg. Annual Pay: $6,278,088
Avg. Weekly Pay: $120,732
Total Payroll: $87,893,233
Notes: 63rd highest payroll, yet per player salary is 5th in the world.
Avg. Annual Pay: $6,795,899
Avg. Weekly Pay: $130,690
Total Payroll: $169,897,463
Notes: 8th total payroll, rivals Man U. clock in at #11.
3.) Manchester City
Avg. Annual Pay: $7,403,754
Avg. Weekly Pay: $142,380
Total Payroll: $185,093,858
Notes: No surprise when you’re owner is one of the richest dudes in the world. 4th highest total payroll.
2.) Real Madrid
Avg. Annual Pay: $7,796,637
Avg. Weekly Pay: $149,935
Total Payroll: $194,915,932
Notes: The Yankees and Real Madrid have almost identical payroll’s, but Real’s players make more.
1.) FC Barcelona
Avg. Annual Pay: $8,680,569
Avg. Weekly Pay: $166,934
Total Payroll: $217,014,221
Notes: No one can touch Barca in terms of payroll as they are on top in all categories. $166,934 a week. Wow.
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