Posted April 21, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Barcelona, Madrid Pass Yankees for highest paid


Many people don’t take soccer serious in the states, but in Europe and any other countries, soccer (or football) is the premiere sport. Artistic, graceful, skillful, and difficult are common adverbs attached to soccer. Barcelona and Real Madrid, Spain’s top notch squads beat out the Yankees for average salary, and almost match top salaries. Read the excerpt, courtesy yardbarker:

According to a recent study by sportingintelligence.com, the two La Liga teams pay more than $7 million per player each year. Barcelona takes the crown, dishing out an average of $7.9 million per player. Lionel Messi is the highest-paid player on the Barca roster, raking in $31 million annually.

As for Real Madrid, contracts like the $27.5 million annual deal for Cristiano Ronaldo push them up in the standings.  Madrid ranks second behind Barcelona, paying an average of $7.4 million per player.

The Yankees may have slipped to third place in the standings, but they still sign some hefty checks each year. The Yankees pay their players an average of $6.8 million per year, with Alex Rodriguez ($32 million), CC Sabathia ($24.3 million) and Mark Teixeira ($23.1 million) leading the pinstriped pack.