Article originally published at www.totalfootballanalysis.com.

We start publishing today a set of articles that examine the relationship between sporting performance and the average annual salaries paid per player by clubs from the “Big-5” (Barclays Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A). We will start by the state-of-the-art Barclays Premier League.

First, we will look at each season between 2016/2017 and 2019/2020 (until matchday 29) to analyze which clubs achieved better results between these variables. Then, we will examine the 14 clubs that remained on the Premier League during these seasons and how they performed compared with how much they paid on average per player.

2016/2017

In the edition of 2016/2017 of the Barclays Premier League, Chelsea won the competition presenting the 3rd highest annual average salary per player.

From a positive perspective, Bournemouth achieved the 9th position in the competition with only the 19th highest salary value. In the opposite perspective, Sunderland was the case with less success finishing in the last place with the 13th highest average annual salary per player.

Only Hull City presented the same position in the salaries ranking as it did in the competition.

2017/2018

In the following season, Manchester City was crowned champion with the 2nd highest annual average salary per player.

Burnley was the surprise achieving the 7th position in the league with only the 18th highest salary value. On the opposite side, West Bromwich was the case with less success finishing in the last place with the 12th highest average annual salary per player.

Crystal Palace, Everton, and Leicester presented the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the competition.

2018/2019

In the last edition of the Barclays Premier League, Manchester City won once more the competition presenting the 2nd highest annual average salary per player.

From a positive perspective, Wolverhampton achieved the 7th position in the competition with the 14th highest salary value. In the opposite perspective, Manchester United and Southampton were the cases with less success finishing in 6th and 16th place with the 1st and 11th highest average annual salaries per player.

Only Chelsea and Arsenal presented the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the Premier League.

2019/2020

With 29 matches played, Liverpool is very close to being crowned champions with the 3rd highest annual average salary per player of the league.

On the positive side, Sheffield United is performing incredibly well in the 6th position in the competition with the lowest salary value. In the opposite perspective, West Ham is, until now, the case with less success occupying the 16th place with the 9th highest average annual salaries per player.

Only Newcastle has, so far, presented the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the Premier League.

2016/2017 to 2019/2020 – Which club profits more from the players’ salaries

Finally, we analyzed the performance and salaries of the 14 clubs that took part in the Barclays Premier League between 2016/2017 and 2019/2020.

The two giants from Manchester are the clubs with a higher average annual salary per player. Burnley, with recent brilliant campaigns, is the club with more success when comparing sporting performance and salaries since, on average, it achieved the 12th place with only the 18th highest average amount per player.

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