Manchester United players are the highest earners in world football, a report in The Daily Mail has revealed.

The Premier League club’s first team squad are paid on average £5.77 million per year, ahead of Spanish giants Barcelona (£5.64 million) and local rivals Manchester City (£5.42 million).

The research, conducted by the Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS), was aimed at finding the highest-paying sports team in the world for 2016.

Although United topped the list in football, they only placed fourth overall, with US sports dominating the top three after a rise in the value of the dollar post-Brexit.

NBA basketball sides the Cleveland Cavaliers and the LA Clippers were first and third respectively, with baseball outfit the New York Yankees sandwiched between them in second.

United’s outlay on players was only ranked the fifth-highest in football last year, but they have leapfrogged some of the game’s biggest names with a summer of enormous spending at Old Trafford.

New arrivals Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both feature in the world’s top ten for individual footballing salaries, along with long-serving club captain Wayne Rooney.

With the Red Devils lying sixth in the Premier League, eight points off leaders Liverpool, this news is likely to increase the pressure on the players to start delivering the results to match their wages.

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