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According to Sporting Intelligence survey, Barcelona players earn $12.8 million per year, which allows it to retain the status of the best-paid team for the second year in a row.
Every year, online-provider of sports news Sporting Intelligence conducts Global Sports Salaries Survey. The survey represents the basic annual pay of teams and shows the best-paid of them. According to the latest Sporting Intelligence survey, this year Spanish Barcelona and Real Madrid and Italy’s Juventus have enjoyed the highest salaries. It is notable that Barcelona has managed to keep its top status for the second year in a row.
Global Sports Salaries Survey 2019 reads:
“Barcelona have retained their status as the best paid team in global sport. The average basic first-team pay at the Spanish giants – where genius Lionel Messi has starred for 15 years and counting – is £9,827,644 per year for the current season, 2019-20, according to research for this 10th edition of Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey. That number represents a slight drop on last year’s table-topping figure of £10.5m but keeps Barça in first place in professional team sport, worldwide, ahead of their biggest domestic rivals.”
It means that the first-team player of Barcelona gets $12,800,000 annually. This sum represents basic annual pay and does not include signing-on bonuses, performance bonuses, and other extras.
Further, Global Sports Salaries Survey describes the earnings of other leaders:
“Real Madrid have an average just above £8.9m in second place this year (the same ranking as last year) with Serie A giants Juventus averaging almost £8.1m in third place, up from ninth last year.”
The remaining seven spots in the top ten are taken by basketball teams from North America’s NBA. By the way, in 2017, NBA teams ranked the top. Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Golden State Warriors took the first three positions at that time.
Sporting Intelligence Survey: Ups and Downs of 2019
It is notable that while Barcelona and Real Madrid haven’t seen any moves from the first and second spots they occupied last year, other teams were rising and falling dramatically. For example, the luckiest teams that have risen this year are Buffalo Bills of the NFL (has moved from position 152 to line 92), the Atlanta Braves of MLB (up 59places) and Rafa Benitez’s Dalian Yifang of China’s CSL has climbed from position 235 to line 178).
Juventus is also one of the climbers. Ranked 32 in 2017, Italian football leader made its way to tenth place last year. This jump was mostly due to the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo. But as we see, the club strives for more. As a result of signing more high-paid players this year, Juventus is the third best-paid team.
As for the fallers, the biggest of them are MLB teams. The Toronto Blue Jays team is down 123 positions this year, the Baltimore Orioles gets down to number 157, the Kansas City Royals loses 84 places and the Arizona Diamondbacks is 68 lines below its last-year position.
Global Sports Salaries Survey is a research conducted by Sporting Intelligence every year since 2010. Starting from 2017, the researches focus on thematic specials. The 2017 survey focused on gender inequality in global team sport in financial terms. Last year, the survey paid attention to the possible prediction of World Cup outcomes using the salary levels of those involved.
This year, the theme is ‘Popularity Issue’. The survey of 2019 explains how popularity can lead to greater wealth.