Barcelona the best-paid team in world football while average Premier League wage tops €56,000 per week
Barcelona top the list of the world's best-paid football teams but the Premier League in England has a higher average wage than any of its rivals.
According to the 2017 Global Sports Salaries survey published on Sunday, the average Premier League weekly wage has broken the £50,000 barrier - a first for any football league.
England's top two clubs, Manchester United (£5.241million) and Manchester City (£5.235million), have a £100,000-per-week basic average across their squads.
But the pair are still behind Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid and France's Paris St Germain.
LaLiga leaders Barcelona pay their first-team squad nearly £6.6million, numbers which includes Lionel Messi's £500,000-per-week contract extension to 2021 - a deal agreed in July and signed on Saturday.
Ambitious PSG, who signed Brazil superstar Neymar from Barcelona last summer, are just behind on £6.472million with European champions Real Madrid on £6.224million.
Chelsea (£4.451million), Arsenal (£4.037million), Liverpool (£3.649million) and Tottenham (£3.154million) are the next biggest payers in English football.
The average yearly Premier League pay in the 2017-18 season is £2,642,508 - or £50,817 (€56,789) per week.
Those figures are well ahead of Spain's LaLiga (£1.68million), Italy's Serie A (£1.33million), Germany's Bundesliga (£1.26million) and France's Ligue 1 (£944,405).
The three best-paid teams in global sport all come from basketball's NBA in the United States.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (£7.150million), the Cleveland Cavaliers (£6.919million) and the Golden State Warriors (£6.877million) top the list with NBA players having the highest average wages at £5.5million each this season.
Baseball's MLB players are next on £3.4million and Indian Premier League cricketers, when weekly pay is pro-rated, receive £3million a year.
The GSS survey exposes the substantial gender pay gap in elite level sport.
The 12-team Women's National Basketball Association in the United States paid an average salary of £57,507 for the 2017 season.
The Atlanta Dream are the biggest WNBA payers with an average weekly salary of £1,263, placing them just below Scottish Premier League pair Hearts (£1,837) and Hibernian (£1,675) but above Dundee (£1,152).
The WNBA's £1,691 average paid to players per game was dwarfed by American Football's NFL (£129,845), Premier League (£69,540) and NBA (£67,047).