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The 50 highest annual wage bills in Europe’s Big 5 leagues

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Most of the world’s greatest and wealthiest clubs play football, the most popular sport in the world. But which of the top five European leagues pays the highest player salaries?

The top divisions in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain—commonly referred to as the “Big five”—are widely regarded as the most prestigious in all of football.

Additionally, clubs from these countries typically win the Champions League and Europa League knockout rounds, creating a cycle where their efforts are financially rewarded and widening the gap between teams from other nations.

But one nation’s top one lists those with the highest yearly wage: England.

There are numerous clubs in the Premier League that can afford to pay exorbitant player salaries thanks to hefty television contracts.

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The fact that Aston Villa spends more on wages than Roma, West Ham spends more than AC Milan, and Crystal Palace pays more than Napoli, Lazio, and Valencia is still surprising.

The wages of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and Neymar alone are worth more than many clubs, putting PSG far in front of the rest of the field at the top of the list, which also includes Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Manchester United is the highest club in England, and its £233 million salary bill is the fifth-highest in the top five leagues in Europe.

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What more surprises does the leagues contain, though? See the complete top 50 rankings below

1. PSG – £351.3million

2. Barcelona – £300.1million

3. Real Madrid – £241.3million

4. Bayern Munich – £230.2million

5. Manchester United – £223million

6. Chelsea – £164.4million

7. Manchester City – £163.1million

8. Atletico Madrid – £148.4million

9. Liverpool – £141.8million

10. Juventus – £136.7million

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11. Internazionale – £108.6million

12. Tottenham – £101.3million

13. Villarreal – £85.6million

14. Arsenal – £85.5million

15. Borussia Dortmund – £81.4million

16. Sevilla – £81.1million

17. RB Leipzig – £77million

18. Aston Villa – £75.2million

19. Roma – £73.2million

20. West Ham United – £70.2million

21. AC Milan – £67.6million

22. Leicester City – £65.6million

23. Newcastle United – £62.6million

24. Athletic Bilbao – £62.2million

25. Crystal Palace – £59.2million

26. Napoli – £58.5million

27. Lazio – £51million

28. Marseille – £50.4million

29. Everton – £46.8million

30. Valencia – £45.5million

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31. Fiorentina – £42.6million

32. Real Betis – £39.9million

33. Bayer Leverkusen – £39.6million

34. Monaco – £38.2million

35. Fulham – £37.6million

36. Wolfsburg – £36.9million

37. Wolves – £35.7million

38. Southampton – £35.4million

39. Borussia Monchengladbach – £35.3million

40. Lyon – £35.2million

41. Hertha Berlin – £32.5million

42. Hoffenheim – £31.9million

43. Real Sociedad – £30.9million

44. Monza – £30.5million

45. Bournemouth – £29.1million

46. Schalke – £29.1million

47. Atalanta – £28.9million

48. Nottingham Forest – £28.6million

49. Brighton – £28.3million

50. Torino – £24.3million

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