Paris Saint-Germain have become the highest payers in world sport, according to Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS) for 2015,.
PSG have just completed a hat-trick of league titles in France’s top division, on the back of a takeover by the oil-funded Qatar Sports Investments in 2011.
Football clubs dominate the list with four of the top five places being taken up by European clubs. The Qatari-owned PSG’s average weekly wage – £101,898 – makes them sport’s highest spenders, placing them above Real Madrid (£96,933), last year’s top-ranked Manchester City (£96,445) and Barcelona (£90,675). Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers (£89,999) complete the top five.
The annual report from sportingintelligence.com, now covering 333 teams from 17 leagues in 13 countries, was first compiled in 2010, at which point the New York Yankees topped the rankings.
Five Premier League sides make the top 20, with City at No3 followed by Manchester United at No6, Chelsea at No8, Arsenal at No10 and Liverpool at No14.
Four of the top 12 teams are based in the US, four in England, two in Spain and one each in France and Germany.
The lowest average wage in the list of 333 teams was that of Ross County – with a weekly wage of £692.
The full list for 2015 can be found here.
How they rank: sport’s top 12 average weekly wages
1 Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, £101,898
2 Real Madrid, La Liga, £96,933
3 Manchester City, Premier League, £96,445
4 Barcelona, La Liga, £90,675
5 Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, £89,999
6 Manchester United, Premier League, £89,988
7 Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, £85,935
8 Chelsea, Premier League, £83,713
9 New York Yankees, MLB, £81,992
10 Arsenal, Premier League, £77,963
11 Brooklyn Nets, NBA, £70,102
12 Detroit Tigers, MLB, £69,633