Monday 19 February 2018

PSG vs Real Madrid: The €390m match

Champions League meeting pits world's biggest-spending sports teams with Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic earning up to €380,000 a week

Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo are two of the planet's top-earning footballers
Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo are two of the planet's top-earning footballers

Alistair Tweedale

Wednesday night brings together many of Europe’s most decorated clubs in the next instalment of Champions League action.

Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United will all be in action but it is another fixture that grabs the eye for a quite different reason.

When Paris Saint-Germain play host to Real Madrid the two teams with the highest wage bills on the planet will be brought together. Incredibly, they are not only the football clubs that spend the most on wages but also in any sport the world over.

Qatar Investment Authority-owned PSG are the best-paying club in the world, shelling out a whopping €192m per year on players’ salaries, at an average of €8m per player.

Real Madrid have been edged into second place given the vast amounts piled into the French giants as they seek to finally add the Champions League to their relatively bare trophy cabinet.

10-time winners Real, meanwhile, cough up €190m per year, giving their players an average annual salary of €7.6m.

Manchester City, Barcelona and Manchester United make up the top five highest-paying football clubs on the planet, while Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal are also big-spenders.

Real Madrid are spending £107,692-a-week on each of their players, while PSG somehow manage to dwarf that with £113,461 shelled out on each of their stars each week.

Although that is the average amount spent, there are of course certain players that skew the data somewhat with their own lavish demands. Unsurprisingly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the top-earner at the Parc des Princes, raking in an astonishing £12m per annum, or £230,000 per week.

Angel Di Maria added a significant chunk to the PSG wage bill when he signed this summer, reportedly earning £140,000 a week, or £7.3m per year. It is also thought that Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi are both paid more than £100,000 a week, while David Luiz, Javier Pastore and Thiago Silva all earn upwards of £70k weekly.

At Real Madrid, Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo almost manages to make PSG’s biggest wages look pitiful, with the weekly £288,000 he earns after tax the second-most on the planet behind Lionel Messi. Ronaldo takes home nearly £15m every year, and that’s before you even get take into account his sponsorship deals.

Paris Saint-Germain against Real Madrid will officially be the most glitzy and glamorous sporting match-up the world has ever seen. The home side are doing their very best to buy their way to global domination and this will be a true test of their Champions League credentials.

Time will tell if money talks loudly enough to bring their oil-rich owners the silverware they so crave, or indeed if the Spanish giants can topple Barcelona as Europe’s leading club.

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