Football: PSG tops list of professional sports teams with highest salary bill

Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) celebrates with Paris St Germain's Serge Aurier (second-right) after scoring the 2-0 goal during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and EA Guingamp at the Parc des Princes s
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) celebrates with Paris St Germain's Serge Aurier (second-right) after scoring the 2-0 goal during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and EA Guingamp at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France on May 8, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA

LONDON - French champions Paris Saint-Germain pay their players higher salaries than any other team in world sport, according to figures published on Wednesday.

The Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2015 produced by ESPN and the website Sporting Intelligence found that PSG pay their first-team players an average yearly salary of £5.299 million (S$11.01 million).

It took the Ligue 1 giants, bankrolled by Qatar Sports Investments, to first place in the list, with Manchester City, who topped the poll in 2014, slipping to third place with an average yearly wage of £5.015 million.

Last season's European champions Real Madrid came second, while Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal all made the top 10.

The survey takes into account only earnings for playing sport and ignores income from commercial endorsements or other activities.