Liverpool players cheap to employ at just over €4m each

Manchester City have the most expensive squad in sport as football clubs dominate top 10


If Brendan Rodgers can win the Premier League title with Liverpool this season, some of his fellow managers will not be happy.

While José Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini have been bickering over whose club is more like a little horse and Arsène Wenger has been complaining about the way his rivals spend their money, Rodgers has been accelerating past them with a team that is paid less money but wins more matches and scores more goals.

Liverpool pay their players handsomely – on average €4.1 million per man per year – but those figures are some way short of the annual salaries paid by Arsenal (€4.72 million), Chelsea (€4.83 million), Manchester United (€5.21 million) and Manchester City (€6.4 million).

The average weekly wage of €124,303 paid by Manchester City makes their first-team players the best paid in sport. According to Sporting Intelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2014, City pay better wages than the New York Yankees, the LA Dodgers, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Sporting Intelligence have conducted this survey for the past five years and have amalgamated their results to show just how well athletes are paid across their careers.

Seven of the top-10 earners in the past five years have been football clubs, with Barcelona players receiving the highest salaries over the period.

A “typical” Barcelona first- team player (if such a thing existed) would have earned €30,268,685 over the past five seasons. Real Madrid have the next highest five-year total (€29.55m per player), followed by the Yankees (€28.58m), Manchester City (€25.19 million) and Chelsea (€20.4 million). So much for little horses.

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