Manchester United have the biggest wage bill in world football, while four other Premier League teams feature in the top 10, according to a study.
A Sporting Intelligence study, published by the Daily Mail claims that United’s players, including world-record signing Paul Pogba earn a staggering £5.7million a year basic average salary.
That ranks the Premier League side fourth in terms of all sports, behind the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers (£6.54m average), the MLB’s New York Yankees (£5.81m) and LA Clippers, also of the NBA (£5.78m).
The next highest football clubs on the list are Barcelona (£5.64m), who rank second in football and fifth in world sports teams, and they are followed by Manchester City (£5.4m), who are ninth in all sports.
Chelsea (£4.51m) are fifth in the list for football behind Real Madrid (£5.05m), with Arsenal (£3.70m) and Liverpool (£3.01m) ranked ninth and tenth respectively.
In terms of other Premier League sides, Tottenham (12th, £2.68m), West Ham (15th, £2.26m), Everton (16th, £2.14m), Leicester (17th, £2.10m), Southampton (18th, £2.07m) and Crystal Palace (20th, £1.96m) also rank in the top 20 for highest salaries in world football.
United’s numbers are augmented by the fact that three players rank in the top ten for highest salaries in world football.
Wayne Rooney is eighth on £13.5m per year or £260,000 per week, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ranked tenth, earns £13m per year or £250,000 per week.
The lowest annual wage bill in the Premier League belongs to Burnley (£0.95m), followed by Bournemouth (£1.1m), Hull (£1.22m) and Middlesbrough (£1.22m). Each still earn more than Scottish champions Celtic (£0.71m).
The average annual Premier League salary is £2.43m, double that of the next best pay in La Liga (£1.23m).