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Manchester City the best paid team in sport, beat New York Yankees to accolade

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Manchester City’s Belgian captain Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier league trophy after their 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at The Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on May 13, 2012. Manchester City won the game 3-2 to secure their first title since 1968. This is the first time that the Premier league title has been decided on goal-difference, Manchester City and Manchester United both finishing on 89 points. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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The best paid team in sport hails from Manchester, the blue half.

According to a report released by Sporting Intelligence, Manchester City pay $8.9 million to its first-team players per year, which equals $171,000 per week. On average.

City top the list of the top 10 best paid sports teams in the world, six are soccer teams, two are MLB franchises and two are NBA teams.

Here is the complete top ten and how much they pay their players, on average, per year.

1. Manchester City = $8.9 million

2. New York Yankees = $8.83 million

3. LA Dodgers = $8.58 million

4. Real Madrid = $8.37 million

5. Barcelona = $8.22 million

6. Brooklyn Nets = $7.52 million

7. Bayern Munich = $7.36 million

8. Manchester United = $7.25 million

9. Chicago Bulls = $6.70 million

10. Chelsea = $6.69 million


With three Premier League teams adorning the top ten of this list, it’s easy to see where the big money is in soccer.

However you would expect soccer teams to fall down this list in the coming years, as UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules come into effect. We’ve already seen Man City and Paris Saint-Germain among teams who are currently being investigated by UEFA for breaching the financial rules, so they’ll have to cut their cloth accordingly in the future.

Are you surprised to only see four U.S. sports teams in the top 10?

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