Average Premier League footballer earns £2.3m-a-year

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The average annual salary of a Premier League player has surged past the £2 million threshold, skyrocketing to a colossal £2.3m, according to a report conducted by The Mail.

The paper reports that the Premier League players' average earnings per annum have begun to dwarf those of Europe's other elite leagues.

A domestic TV deal of £1 billion between Sky and BT Sport, as well as £733m in overseas deals and a further few hundred million in highlights and near-live packages have been cited as primary causes for the rise in earnings over the 2013/14 season.

Average wage

During the 2012/13 season Premier League players saw an average of £1.6m enter their bank account, with that figure rising by nearly a third to £2.3m, or £43,700 per week.

It was hoped by the Premier League's supporters that the excess revenue generated through television contracts would be used to lower ticket prices, but this has not been the case, with the money heading to the players' bank accounts.

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European counterparts trailing

Germany's Bundesliga lies second in the list, with its players earning an average of £1.5m a year, nearly 40% down on that of the Premier League's players. Italy's Serie A and Spain's Primers Liga lie third and fourth respectively, as the only other league's with averages of above £1m per player.

In fifth, the French Ligue 1 earns fractionally under £1m per annum, due to the recent financial injection in PSG and the signings of the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović. Behind Ligue 1, Russia's top tier perches just above that of Brazil.

Championship tier

Astonishingly, England's second tier sits in eighth place, with its stars earning an average of just below £500,000 per year. The incredible placing of the Championship on the table emphasises the unbelievable influx of cash into English football in recent years.

In terms of players representing their respective nations at this year's World Cup, the table looks very similar. The Premier League leads with 112 from the Serie A, 81, Bundesliga, 75, Primera Liga, 50, and Ligue 1, 46. The Championship again is remarkably high, in 13th place with 11 players having travelled to Brazil.


In the average attendance table, Germany leads from England, Spain, Italy, and, surprisingly enough, Mexico. In aggregate attendance, the Premier League's 14m leads the Bundesliga's 13m and La Liga's 10m. The Championship follows with 9m.

An influx of foreign investments has seen an unprecedented spike in players' wages in the Premier League and Championship, with the former dwarfing the other European leagues, despite having less success in continental competition. The rise in earnings is reflected in other factors too, with the Premier League having the most viewers and the greatest number of representatives at the World Cup.

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