David Silva will reportedly be rewarded for his prominent role in Manchester City's maiden Premier League title winning season with a pay increase to move him alongside the world's top earners.

The Spanish midfielder, who is riding high after helping La Roja claim an historic victory at the European Championships, will pen a new five-year contract worth a staggering £52 million, according to Metro.

It would be fair to assume that, given a catalogue of players placed on gargantuan salaries, City would be the highest average spenders on wages among the top teams in Europe.

However, perhaps surprisingly, they have been beaten to that dubious accolade by Barcelona, with the Catalan giants paying their players an average of £5.2 million each year, which works out at over £100,000-per-week.

Real Madrid are also above City in the salary stakes, albeit only marginally, with Los Blancos splashing an average of £4.7 million on their playing staff, compared to the £4.5 million on offer at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea follow their Premie League rivals in the rankings, also offering over £4 million each year, before AC Milan make up the top five with an average spend of £71,000-per-week on each player.

Football's big-spenders top 10 in full:

1) Barcelona - average yearly salary £5.26m

2) Real Madrid - £4.72m

3) Manchester City - £4.48m

4) Chelsea - £4.12m

5) AC Milan - £3.7m

6) Inter Milan - £3.45m

7) Manchester United - £3.34m

8) Arsenal - £3.2m

9) Liverpool - £3.16m

10) Juventus - £2.84m

Data courtesy of Sporting Intelligence.

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