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The 10 Highest Paying Clubs In World Football

Manchester United dropped from first to fourth place among the clubs with the highest wage bills in football. Find out here which three European giants have overtaken them.

Click through the gallery above to see which 10 clubs are spending the most money on wages this year.

The Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2017 was published by Sporting Intelligence on Sunday, and it found that FC Barcelona were top of the ranking for the highest paying football clubs.

The survey listed the annual average salaries for all major sporting codes, and the Catalan giants appear in fourth place overall. Barca are said to be paying an average annual salary per player of £6.6 million (R123 million). The club's overall figure already includes Lionel Messi's new record deal, which was announced on Saturday.

Paris Saint-Germain are hot on the heels of the La Liga leaders with an average salary per player of £6.5 million (R121 million) this season. Real Madrid, with £6.2 million (R116 million), complete the top three, while last year's leaders Manchester United dropped to fourth place.

United's wage bill was cut from an average of £5.77 million (R108 million) in 2016 to £5.2 million (R97 million) in 2017, mainly thanks to the departures of Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Crosstown rivals Manchester City follow in fifth place with an average of £5.2 million.

Bayern Munich are the highest paying Bundesliga club, while Juventus are the leaders in Serie A.

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The Premier League is by far the best-paying league with an annual average pay of £2.64 million (R49 million) per player. As a consequence, the average weekly wage in the Premier League has jumped over £50 000 (R934 00) for the first time.

La Liga follows with £1.68 million (R31 million), ahead of Serie A with £1.33 million (R25 million), the Bundesliga with £1.26 million (R24 million) and Ligue 1 with £944 405 (R18 million).

Which club(s) do you think are overpaying their players? Have your say in the comments section below.

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