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United now the best paid team in the world

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Manchester United are now the best paid football team in the world, having overtaken Barcelona.   Average basic first team pay at United is £110,962 a week.   This is forty times as much as the club was paying in the first season of Premier League football in 1992-3.

The average weekly pay for Premier League players is £48,766 a week, 32 times as much as in 1992-3. This is almost twice as much as La Liga where the average figure is £24,786 a week.

However, only three of the top twelve best paid teams are from football: Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City.  The best paid team is a NBA outfit from Cleveland at over £125,000 a week.