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Sports rich list revealed: Manchester City knocked off top spot

Published 20/05/2015 | 14:06

Manchester City's Yaya Toure (left) and manager Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City's Yaya Toure (left) and manager Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero clebrates his second goal with Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on May 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF 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 publicationsOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City stars are no longer the best paid in world sport, according to new figures released today.

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The Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2015 compiled by the Sporting Intelligence website reveals Paris St Germain have taken over top spot with an average first team salary of £101,898 per week.

City topped the poll in 2014 but their weekly average of £96,445 has seen them fall to third place behind Real Madrid.

Five Premier League sides make the top 20 with Manchester United at number six, Chelsea eighth, Arsenal at 10 and Liverpool at 14.

The GSS Survey considers solely the earnings for playing sport, not for endorsements or other extra-curricular activities. The 2015 report surveyed 333 teams in 17 leagues across 13 countries in seven sports: football, baseball, basketball, american football, cricket, ice hockey and Australian Rules football.

The NBA is the highest-paying league as a whole, with 448 players at 30 teams in the 2014-15 season earning an average of £2.67m per year each, or 4.58m US dollars each on average.

Top 10 average pay/year (average pay/week)

1 Paris St Germain £5,298,693 (£101,898)

2 Real Madrid £5,040,520 (£96,933)

3 Manchester City £5,015,122 (£96,445)

4 Barcelona £4,715,116 (£90,675)

5 Los Angeles Dodgers £4,679,937 (£89,999)

6 Manchester United £4,679,377 (£89,988)

7 Bayern Munich £4,468,643 (£85,935)

8 Chelsea £4,353,056 (£83,713)

9 New York Yankees £4,263,577 (£81,992)

10 Arsenal £4,054,066 (£77,963)

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