Lionel Messi: Signing Argentine will give PSG highest wage bill of any sports team at £256million – Daily Mail


Lionel Messi‘s impending move to PSG still seems very hard to fathom – but wait till you see the money at play. 

The 34-year-old Argentine great is reportedly set to earn £25m a year after tax as he signs a two-year deal at the Parc des Princes, with a deal likely to be finalised in the coming days. 

With seemingly no end to PSG’s expenditure this summer, the Ligue 1 club now have an astronomically high wage bill which is way out in front on a global scale. 

Sportsmail gives you all the figures and explains how they’re outspending sporting heavyweights across a number of different sports.

Lionel Messi said goodbye to Barcelona on Sunday and is set to move to Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi said goodbye to Barcelona on Sunday and is set to move to Paris Saint-Germain 

The Argentine superstar is reportedly set to earn £25m a year after tax at the Ligue 1 club

The Argentine superstar is reportedly set to earn £25m a year after tax at the Ligue 1 club

10) CLEVELAND BROWNS – £157m 

The Browns have spent big money in recent seasons as they eye post-season success. 

Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are the highest earners, on base salaries of £10.4m and £9m respectively. 

Last season, the Browns clinched their first winning season since 2007, making it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 – but they lost in the divisional round to the Chiefs. 

Source: spotrac 

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. earns a base annual salary of £10.4m

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. earns a base annual salary of £10.4m 

9) DALLAS COWBOYS – £158m 

The Texas team are the highest-paid NFL franchise, pipping the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Quarterback Dak Prescott is on a base salary of £6.4m, with a large signing bonus of £9.5m, with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on £15.8m overall.

That expenditure did not transition into results last year for the Cowboys though, as they finished 3rd in the NFC East with a season-record of 6-10.  

Source: spotrac

Quarterback Dak Prescott is on a base salary of £6.4m, with a large signing bonus of £9.5m

Quarterback Dak Prescott is on a base salary of £6.4m, with a large signing bonus of £9.5m

8) CHELSEA – £163m 

N’Golo Kante is Chelsea’s highest earner, after he signed a new deal in 2018 believed to be worth £290,000 a week, which equates to £15m a year. 

Timo Werner is second on the list after his signing last summer from RB Leipzig, on £14.14m, while Ben Chilwell, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic complete the top-five. 

This figure could go up further in the coming weeks though, should Romelu Lukaku complete a sensational £97.5m move back to Stamford Bridge.  

Source: Salary Sport  

N'Golo Kante is Chelsea's highest earner, believed to be worth £290,000 a week (£15m a year)

N’Golo Kante is Chelsea’s highest earner, believed to be worth £290,000 a week (£15m a year)

7) BAYERN MUNICH – £166m 

The Bundesliga champions pay their stars well. 

As many as seven players are on more than £10m a year, with Robert Lewandowski the highest earner on £18.3m a year and Manuel Neuer £1.9m behind. 

Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Lucas Hernandez and Douglas Costa are the others on eight figure salaries. 

Source: Salary Sport  

Star forward Robert Lewandowski is the highest earner at Bayern Munich, on £18.3m a year

Star forward Robert Lewandowski is the highest earner at Bayern Munich, on £18.3m a year

6) JUVENTUS – £184m 

The Italian giants are sixth on the list largely down to the wages of one man. No prizes for guessing who. 

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly on £52m a year, that’s £1m a week, and is by far and away the club’s highest earner. 

Paulo Dybala is some way behind, second on the list, on £12.3m with Matthijs de Ligt on £11.8m. 

Source: Salary Sport  

Cristiano Ronaldo is by far and away Juventus' highest earner after his move back in 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo is by far and away Juventus’ highest earner after his move back in 2018 

5) LOS ANGELES DODGERS – £193m 

The highest-paid non-football sports team is MLB franchise the LA Dodgers, who won their first World Series in 32 years last year. 

Trevor Bauer earns the most, at £24.5m, while Mookie Betts was recently handed an astonishing 12-year $365m deal, which works out at $30.4m (£21.9m) a year.

The Dodgers are someway ahead of the second highest-paid MLB team, the New York Yankees who have an annual payroll of £146m. 

Source: spotrac  

Trevor Bauer earns the most at the Los Angeles Dodgers, on a whopping £24.5million a year

Trevor Bauer earns the most at the Los Angeles Dodgers, on a whopping £24.5million a year 

4) BARCELONA – £195m

This is the Messi effect. Before this summer, Barcelona actually topped this list on £238m. 

But as the Catalans failed to agree a new contract for their most prized asset, their total wage bill dropped dramatically as they look to rid themselves of the astonishing levels of debt they find themselves in. 

Nevertheless, Antoine Griezmann is still on a yearly salary of £30.8m, with Philippe Coutinho now the third-highest earner on £21.2m. New signings Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay are reportedly on £5m and £4.3m a year respectively.  

Source: Salary Sport  

3) MANCHESTER UNITED – £201m

The big-money signings this summer of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane – whose move is not yet fully completed – sees the Red Devils third in the list of the highest wage bills of global sports teams. 

Sancho – signed for £73m from Borussia Dortmund – is on £18.2m a year while the club’s highest earner is still goalkeeper David de Gea, on £19.5m. 

French defender Varane is reportedly set to earn £10.25m per season at Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford also all earning £10m+ a year. 

Source: spotrac

Jadon Sancho - signed this summer for £73m from Borussia Dortmund - is on £18.2m a year

Jadon Sancho – signed this summer for £73m from Borussia Dortmund – is on £18.2m a year

2) REAL MADRID – £212m 

The Spanish giants have seen their wage bill reduced somewhat by Sergio Ramos’ departure this summer, given their former captain was on £17.5m-a-year according to Salary Sport. 

Yet with David Alaba reportedly earning in the region of £10m-a-year, Madrid still retain second spot. 

Their highest-earner is Eden Hazard, on an annual wage of £21m-a-year, while Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric are all above £15m a year too. 

Source: Salary Sport  

Real Madrid's highest-earner is winger Eden Hazard, on an annual wage of £21m-a-year

Real Madrid’s highest-earner is winger Eden Hazard, on an annual wage of £21m-a-year

1) PSG – £256m

It’s been quite the summer for the Parisians.  

As well as Messi’s £25m-a-year after tax deal, the Ligue 1 club have splashed out on free agents Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Ramos for a reported combined annual salary outlay of £29.2m.

It means the Ligue 1 club – backed by Qatari investment – now by some distance have the highest wage bill of any sports team on the planet, at around £256m. A huge renewal of Kylian Mbappe’s contract will see that figure increase this summer too.

Source: Salary Sport  

Sergio Ramos was among three former free agents who are earning big salaries at PSG

Sergio Ramos was among three former free agents who are earning big salaries at PSG 

Neymar is the highest-earner at PSG on £44.6m a year while Kylian Mbappe is on £20.9m

Neymar is the highest-earner at PSG on £44.6m a year while Kylian Mbappe is on £20.9m

Selected others: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – £147m, Man City – £146m, NY Giants – £143m, New England Patriots – £142m, Kansas City Chiefs – £140m, San Francisco 49ers – £140m, Liverpool – £139m, Tottenham – £137m, Arsenal – £136m, Golden State Warriors – £127m, Miami Heat – £95m