Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Which leagues pay the most?

Michael Zullo got $30,000 last year for starring for Queensland Roar according to Mr Football Les Murray in a recent article.

With the continuing drift of Australian footballers to Europe I was wondering which were the top six paying leagues in the World.

And the reply I got was interesting. We're not talking quality football here, we're talking dosh, average wage.

No peeping until you've had a darn good guess. Answer below.

In order highest first:
and the English Championship

Obviously wages vary greatly within leagues and even clubs. Some Japanese or even Australian Clubs would be paying more to certain individuals.

Celtic and Rangers would presumably pay on par with the English Championship, and even some lower EPL sides, maybe.

But for an average wage, the English Championship coming in sixth stunned me.

TV revenue is the reason.

And still wages in the Championship can vary from $50,000 a year to $700,000 a year.

Explains perhaps why Nicky Carle, David Carney and Ruben Zadkovich are heading to the Championship rather than a better standard of football.

And also makes the $150,000 Olyroo marquee figure perhaps a tad insignificant don't you think?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i guess spending a career in the championship (i am looking at you paddy kisnorbo) isn`t doing too bad.

you`ll own your home and have a nice retirement fund if you can spend 7 years as a championship starter.

but perhaps you`ll never be all that you can be/won`t develop as much as on the continent.

i heard crowds are better for the champ than serie a, is this true?