Very often, especially after a major signing of contract renewal like Neymar’s in the summer and Messi’s a few days ago, everyone talks about the amounts of money that footballers earn, that is undoubtedly demeaning for all of us common mortals that just try - someone more, other less - to make ends meet. But you could be surprised by the survey made by Sporting Intelligence, that revealed how among the three highest-paid sports team in the world there’s not one football club.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the highest-paid team in the world OKC average paycheck is $9,3 million per year, more than any other team in every league or sport | Image 1

The first three steps of the podium belong to three NBA franchises, that in this days can ‘praise’ some of the highest-paid athletes in the world. In the third place, there are the Golden State Warriors, which average annual pay per player of $8.9 million is risen by Stephen Curry’s $34,7 million per year paycheck, renewed last summer. Same for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which annual average of $9 million is weighted down by the highest-paid player of the team, LeBron James of course, who earns $33,3 million per year. The first place is held by Oklahoma City Thunder, that with the salaries of Russell Westbrook ($28,5 million per year), Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and Steven Adams, spends $9,3 million per year.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the highest-paid team in the world OKC average paycheck is $9,3 million per year, more than any other team in every league or sport | Image 0

And what about Messi and Neymar? They’re just behind, as Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are two of the three football clubs in the Top 10, respectively with $8,6 and $8,4 million per year. Real Madrid ($8,1) holds the ninth place, while the other four teams are all NBA franchises: Hornets, Trail Blazers, Clippers, and Pelicans. Another curiosity: from the 11th spot (Toronto Raptors) to the 21st (Denver Nuggets) there only are NBA teams, while the first Italian club - that would be Juventus - is 32nd averaging $6,3 million per year (€5,3 million circa).

Most of this gap is due to the new NBA broadcasting contract with ESPN and TNT - 9 season with a reported $2,6 billion income per year - that as established by the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) is equally distributed among the Association’s franchised, rising exponentially the value of the players' contracts.