The top professional leagues in global sports are massive businesses just as much if not more so than they are competitions that put the best of the best athletes against each other in contests that are shown all around the world via media rights deals that are worth billions of dollars. The teams in the world that are responsible for the highest club salaries for 2015 are brands in more than just the countries where they reside, due in part because the majority of those organizations participate in competitions that are spread across countries and even continents.
Sportingintelligence released its list of the best paid team in all of global sports for 2015 on May 20 of this year. It should come as no surprise to anybody who follows more than North American pro sports that soccer clubs take up over half of the top-ten spots of the list. Eight of the ten teams with the highest overall salaries in global sports play the world's game, the beautiful game. The other two call the United States home, and those franchises play in a league that has no hard salary cap regarding the creation of rosters for the time being.
There are a few surprises on the 2015 edition of the Sportingintelligence list. A new team has not only cracked into the top-ten. It is now, according to the report, paying out the highest team salary in all of global sports. Only one of the two clubs that made it through to the 2015 Champions League Final is mentioned in this piece, and it is probably no coincidence that most are expecting that team to win that competition this time around. This piece begins with a Premier League side that may have won its second trophy in two seasons depending on when you come upon this piece.
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10 Arsenal: £4,054,066 / $6,950,225 average annual pay
9 New York Yankees: £4,263,577 / $7,309,407 average annual pay
8 Chelsea: £4,353,056 / $7,462,809 average annual pay
7 Bayern Munich: £4,468,643 / $7,660,968 average annual pay
6 Manchester United: £4,679,377 / $8,022,247 average annual pay
5 Los Angeles Dodgers: £4,679,937 / $8,023,207 average annual pay
4 Barcelona: £4,715,116 / $8,083,518 average annual pay
3 Manchester City: £5,015,122 / $8,597,844 average annual pay
2 Real Madrid: £5,040,240 / $8,641,385 average annual pay
1 Paris Saint-Germain: £5,298,693 / $9,083,993 average annual pay
Some may scoff when reading or hearing that Paris Saint-Germain have hopes of winning the Champions League as soon as the spring of 2016. Do not be so surprised. PSG won the Ligue 1 title for a third straight campaign, and the club is already looking at growing in depth following being ousted from the top club competition in the world by Barcelona. Injuries and fatigue, not to Barca's overall greatness, made PSG massive underdogs in that Champions League encounter, and the kings of French club football need to make improvements to the squad if they are to hang with the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
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