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Manchester United's first team stars have been revealed to be the highest paid football team in the world.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils topped a survey of almost 10,000 sportsmen at 333 teams in seven sports across 17 of the world's richest leagues.

This means that their £5.77million annual salary is the most in world football despite their recent lack of success, though that sum isn't enough to put them at the top of the sporting ladder overall.

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The survey was carried out by the global sports salary survey (GSSS), and they revealed that Premier League players earn on average a £2.4m a year, which is double that of players from other top leagues like La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who both play in La Liga have been named as the world's best paid individual footballers, clocking in salaries of £18.98m each.

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But in the top ten best paid teams across all sport, only three football clubs have made the cut, with the rest of the top 10 being comprised of Basketball and Baseball teams.

The list

10. Orlando Magic 

Average salary: £5.38m

With the likes of Bismack Biyombo and Jeff Green earning $17m and $15m respectively, it's no surprise to see the Floridian outfit propping up the top 10.

9. Manchester City

Average salary: £5.42m

City have a host of well paid stars on their books, and with the seemingly bottomless pit of money on offer to current and prospective players their books could be set to rise considerably depending on how desperate for success they get.

Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

8. Dallas Mavericks

Average salary: £5.50m

Dirk Nowitzki may be the team's best paid player by a country mile ($25m) but the others aren't picking up pennies by any stretch of the imagination. However, the big German's wage does drive the average up considerably.

7. Memphis Grizzlies

Average salary: £5.51m

With Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons and Marc Gasol all earning in excess of $20m per season, the Grizzlies have seen their roster rocket into the top 10 recently.

6. Portland Trail Blazers

Average salary: £5.59m

While the Blazers don't have any standout salaries on their roster, their team average is higher than a lot of their competitors.

5. Barcelona

Average salary: £5.64m

It's not cheap to put together one of football's most indestructible teams, and with the likes of Luis Suarez and Neymar on the books they were never going to come cheap. However, Lionel Messi's £800,000-per-week salary probably takes up the bulk of the funds.

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4. Manchester United

Average salary: £5.77m

Having brought on Zlatan Ibrhimovic and Paul Pogba over the summer, United chiefs have had to dig deep into the coffers.

3. LA Clippers

Average salary: £5.78m

Again, like the Grizzlies, the Clippers have three players earning above $20m a season, while the rest of the squad are picking up handsome salaries of their own.

2. New York Yankees

Average salary: £5.81m

The Yankees are quite possibly the most recognisable sports team in the world, despite baseball having a limited reach in comparison to football, but the Yankees are right up there, as expected.

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Average salary: £6.54m

The Cavs have a star man on their books, who just so happens to be one of the best paid sportsmen in the world. LeBron James takes home an estimated $30m per year, while Kevin Love isn't too far behind him.

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Football
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Manchester United
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