- Man City and rivals Manchester United are the only Premier League clubs that made the top five clubs with highest wage bills
- Barcelona and Real Madrid topped the list with the two La Liga clubs understood to be paying their star players huge salaries
- The list was made public in a report released by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin
In their bid for glory and hope to attract top football stars and talents, European clubs spend so much money in paying squad players' wages.
And as part of its tradition in monitoring and analyzing financial and off-pitch developments in European football, UEFA has released its bench-marking report detailing millions clubs blow in payment of salaries to players.
La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona topped the list, with the two clubs paying a staggering £358.72 million and £333.98 million respectively in wages in the 2017 financial year.
Manchester City and Man United came in at third and fourth respectively, and were the only Premier League clubs making the top five.
Here is the list for the top 20 European big spenders on wages in the 2017 financial year:
1. Real Madrid (Spain) - £358.72 million
2. Barcelona (Spain) - £333.98 million
3. Man City (England) - £243.86 million
4. Man United (England) - £270.36 million
5. Bayern Munich (Germany) - £243.86 million
6. Paris Saint-Germain (France) - £240.32 million
7. Juventus (Italy) - £233.25 million
8. Chelsea (England) - £226.19 million
9. Liverpool (England) - £215.58 million
10. Arsenal (England) - £206.75 million
11. Borussia Dortmund (Germany) - £157.27 million
12. Atletico Madrid (Spain) - £157.27 million
13. Inter Milan (Italy) - £136.95 million
14. Tottenham Hotspurs (England) - £130.76 million
15. AS Roma (Italy) - £128.11 million
16. Wolfsburg (Germany) - £122.81 million
17. Crystal Palace (England) - £117.51 million
18. Leicester City (England) - £116.63 million
19. Southampton (England) - £115.74 million
20. AC Milan (Italy) - £113.09 million.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid reportedly opened talks with Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho with the possibility of him returning to the club this year.
Jose Mourinho was recently sacked at Premier League side Manchester United, and fresh news coming in stated clearly that he is wanted by Real Madrid chiefs five years after leaving them.
According to the report, negotiations is currently going on between Los Blancos' chiefs and Jose Mourinho.
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