PSG Messi top teams with highest wage bill in any sports at £256million

PSG Messi top teams with highest wage bill in any sports at £256million

Lionel Messi's impending move to PSG still seems very hard to fathom - but wait till you see the money at play.

The 34-year-old Argentine great is reportedly set to earn £25m a year as he signs a two-year deal at the Parc des Princes, with a deal likely to be finalised in the coming days.

With seemingly no end to PSG's expenditure this summer, the Ligue 1 club now have an astronomically high wage bill which is way out in front on a global scale. Sportsmail now gives you all the figures you need to know in relation to other sporting heavyweights.


The Browns have spent big money in recent seasons as they eye post-season success.

Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are the highest earners, on base salaries of £10.4m and £9m respectively.

Last season, the Browns clinched their first winning season since 2007, making it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 - but they lost in the divisional round to the Chiefs.

Source: spotrac


The Texas team are the highest-paid NFL franchise, pipping the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Quarterback Dak Prescott is on a base salary of £6.4m, with a large signing bonus of £9.5m, with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on £15.8m overall.

That expenditure did not transition into results last year for the Cowboys though, as they finished 3rd in the NFC East with a season-record of 6-10.

Source: spotrac

8) CHELSEA - £163m

N'Golo Kante is Chelsea's highest earner, after he signed a new deal in 2018 believed to be worth £290,000 a week, which equates to £15m a year.

Timo Werner is second on the list after his signing last summer from RB Leipzig, on £14.14m, while Ben Chilwell, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic complete the top-five.

This figure could go up further in the coming weeks though, should Romelu Lukaku complete a sensational £97.5m move back to Stamford Bridge.

Source: Salary Sport

7) BAYERN MUNICH - £166m

The Bundesliga champions pay their stars well.

As many as seven players are on more than £10m a year, with Robert Lewandowski the highest earner on £18.3m a year and Manuel Neuer £1.9m behind.

Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Lucas Hernandez and Douglas Costa are the others on eight figure salaries.

Source: Salary Sport

6) JUVENTUS - £184m

The Italian giants are sixth on the list largely down to the wages of one man. No prizes for guessing who.

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly on £52m a year, that's £1m a week, and is by far and away the club's highest earner.

Paulo Dybala is someway behind, second on the list, on £12.3m with Matthijs de Ligt on £11.8m.

Source: Salary Sport


The highest-paid non-football sports team is MLB franchise the LA Dodgers, who won their first World Series in 32 years last year.

Trevor Bauer earns the most, at £24.5m, while Mookie Betts was recently handed an astonishing 12-year $365m deal, which works out at $30.4m (£21.9m) a year.

The Dodgers are someway ahead of the second highest-paid MLB team, the New York Yankees who have an annual payroll of £146m.

Source: spotrac

4) BARCELONA - £195m

This is the Messi effect. Before this summer, Barcelona actually topped this list on £238m.

But as the Catalans failed to agree a new contract for their most prized asset, their total wage bill dropped dramatically as they look to rid themselves of the astonishing levels of debt they find themselves in.

Nevertheless, Antoine Griezmann is still on a yearly salary of £30.8m, with Philippe Coutinho now the third-highest earner on £21.2m. New signings Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay are reportedly on £5m and £4.3m a year respectively.

Source: Salary Sport


The big-money signings this summer of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane - whose move is not yet fully completed - sees the Red Devils third in the list of the highest wage bills of global sports teams.

Sancho - signed for £73m from Borussia Dortmund - is on £18.2m a year while the club's highest earner is still goalkeeper David De Gea, on £19.5m.

French defender Varane is reportedly set to earn £10.25m per season at Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford also all earning £10m+ a year.

Source: spotrac

2) REAL MADRID - £212m

The Spanish giants have seen their wage bill reduced somewhat by Sergio Ramos' departure this summer, given their former captain was on £17.5m-a-year according to Salary Sport.

Yet with David Alaba reportedly earning in the region of £10m-a-year, Madrid still retain second spot.

Their highest-earner is Eden Hazard, on an annual wage of £21m-a-year, while Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric are all above £15m a year too.

Source: Salary Sport

1) PSG - £256m

It's been quite the summer for the Parisians.

As well as Messi's £25m-a-year deal, the Ligue 1 club have splashed out on free agents Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Ramos for a reported combined annual salary outlay of £29.2m.

It means the Ligue 1 club - backed by Qatari investment - now by some distance have the highest wage bill of any sports team on the planet, at around £256m. And to think a renewal of Kylian Mbappe's contract will likely see that figure increase this summer too!
Source: Salary Sport

Selected others: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - £147m, Man City - £146m, NY Giants - £143m, New England Patriots - £142m, Kansas City Chiefs - £140m, San Francisco 49ers - £140m, Liverpool - £139m, Tottenham - £137m, Arsenal - £136m, Golden State Warriors - £127m, Miami Heat - £95m
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