Manchester City pay their professional sportsmen more than any other team in the world across any sport.
The fact they are the best paid team in global sport won’t come as a surprise to many people considering the wealth they have used to rise to the top of the English game but it puts them, and their new boss, under immense pressure.
City lost the Premier League title back to Manchester United last season who will now be equally determined to win the league again next season, especially now that they have a point to prove with Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Chelsea are also going to be strong with the return of Jose Mourinho and the pressure on him to prove that he can still brand that guarantee of success over a club wherever they go.
City pay on average just over the £100,000 mark to a first team squad member for his services, which means there are going to be serious calls for enquiry by fans next season if they fail to win a trophy again.
It should also set loud alarm bells off in the minds of those currently working at and controlling the club, because they aren’t exactly producing great value for money at the moment.
The next Premier League club side on the list is Chelsea down in eighth place with an average weekly pay of just over £78,000 per player.
That seems competitive going on the current rates that some players are paid and it’s also justifiable because of the silverware Chelsea have been winning; the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League.
It also suggests that while Chelsea also flash their money around, Roman Abramovich does have a food grasp of the business aspect of football because he’s built his fortune as a businessman. Other than the £50 million spent on Fernando Torres of course.
Perhaps the most surprising result on the list is Manchester United being way down in 12th place with an average weekly pay per player of £75,423.
Sir Alex Ferguson created a great balance between the old school environment of not letting players have everything their own way and over paying them and the new environment where clubs have to pay large competitive wage deals to get and retain the best players.
In short the news means there is now greater pressure on Manchester City to win next season but also to make changes at all levels which reduce that average weekly pay.
As far as Chelsea and Manchester United are concerned it’s business as usual because despite the magnitude of each club, they are in control of the situation which sets them up well for the continuation of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.
What do you make of the numbers? Are you surprised? Are City under big pressure?
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