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Manchester City pay the third highest wages in world football – but who ranks first?

Manchester City are paying players an average of £104,000-per-week, or an annual salary of £5.42 million, according to a global survey reported by the Mail on Sunday.

However, City’s hefty wage bill is not the biggest in the world, trailing Barcelona (£108,000-per-week average) and the world’s best-paid squad, Manchester United (£110,000-per-week average).

The Premier League’s financial strength sees United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all ranked in the top ten, with Spurs, West Ham, Everton, Leicester, Southampton and Crystal Palace among the twenty who pay the most handsomely in world football.

City have reduced their wage bill recently, and despite enjoying more success than neighbours United in the past half decade, now pay players less on average, with United’s acquisitions of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimović propelling them up to first place.

Perhaps United fans were right in saying “Money can’t buy success”, but this is being proven more by their own club than Manchester City.

The full list of best paid football clubs in the world:

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