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Wealthy club Man City pays top dollar for football stars

MANCHESTER City's rise as a football powerhouse under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan has been highlighted by new figures showing it is the highest-paying club in world sport.

Sheikh Mansour is deputy prime minister of the UAE, a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi and has an estimated net worth of more than $A28billion.

His determination to lift the team to the top has resulted in the club paying its players an average $A167,000 a week according to Sporting Intelligence's Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2013.

That saw the 2012 Premier League champions, who this week signed Seville winger Jesus Navas for almost $A25million, come in ahead of US baseball club, the LA Dodgers ($154,700) and Spanish football giants Real Madrid ($150,000).

La Liga winners Barcelona was ranked fourth ($149,000), with the New York Yankees ($148,000) rounding out the top five.

The figures covered a variety of sports including football, basketball, ice hockey, cricket and baseball, and come from a variety of countries.

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