City aces cash in as third-highest payers in world sport

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Posted Wednesday, May 02, 2012 by The Sun

City aces cash in as third-highest payers in world sport
BIG EARNER ... Man City's Yaya Toure

MANCHESTER CITY are the third-highest payers in world sport according to a new survey.

Their first-teamers, including Yaya Toure, rake in an average of just over £86,000 per week — or £4.5million per year. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid pay more.

The survey, published by website, shows Chelsea’s wage bill has also soared and they now sit just one place below City.

Manchester United are 11th with a typical player earning £3.34m per year. But it is the amazing rise of City since the takeover by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 which catches the eye.

The club were at No 86 when this report was first published in 2010 but jumped to 11th last year. Now they are tucked in behind two of the biggest clubs in Europe and it highlights their need to be wary of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

But the report reads: “The effectiveness of the policy remains to be seen. And the richest clubs will almost certainly continue to generate massive sums and fund growing salary bills.”

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