Barcelona has set a new salary-spend record by becoming the first team in any sport with an average wage per player of £10.45 million ($13.76 million) a year, according to the 2018 version of the Global Sports Salary Survey.
This season, the Spanish giants will pay their first-team squad an average of over £200k ($265k) per week before bonuses, with that figure rising by 33 per cent since 2017-18.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, features in second place in the table, with their players earning an average of £8.1m ($10.6m) a year.
The next six spots are all filled by teams from the NBA, with Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors in third and fourth overall with salary averages of £7.84m ($10.32m) and £7.82m ($10.33m) respectively.
Manchester United lead the way in terms of the highest annual salary spend for the Premier League, paying their players an average of £6.5m ($8.6m) per player, per year.
Jose Mourinho’s side is 10th in the overall standings covering all team sports, with Manchester City – paying £5.9m ($7.8m) on average – behind them in 20th overall.