Arsenal came from 1-nil down to beat German side Cologne 3-1 in their delayed Europa League game.The match started an hour late because of fears over crowd safety when thousands more Cologne fans arrived in north London than expected.Police confirmed there was disorder at the stadium. It wasn’t a good night for Everton in their group-stage opener as they lost 3-nil at Italian side Atalanta.
Football clubs dominate the list of the biggest salaries paid to athletes across the whole of sport, according to a survey of wages conducted by Sporting Intelligence and ESPN The Magazine.Eight out of the top 10 best paid clubs are from football, with only Major League Baseball franchises Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees close to the same numbers.Big-spending French side Paris Saint-German are top for the first time with an average wage of $9.08 million (£5.80m) per year and $174,692 (£111,553) per week. They also have the second-highest wage bill for the entire team at just over $227.09m, behind only the Dodgers on £272.70m, who also splashed $8.02m per year and $154,292 per week.Last year’s highest-paid team was Manchester City but they have fallen to third behind Real Madrid, who jumped up from fourth to second.City pay their players an average of $8.59m per year and $165,343 per week, while Madrid have spent over 13 percent more than last year on wages at $8.64m and $166,180 per week.Barcelona come fourth and they have spent over eight percent more than last year, moving up from fifth. The La Liga champions’ average yearly wage comes in at $8.08m, which is $155,452 per week. Manchester United have moved up to sixth from eighth at an average spend of $8.02m, or $154,274 a week, while German champions Bayern Munich were the only non-movers at seventh — $7.66m and $147,326.The Yankees are the only team in the top 10 to have spent less than last year (nine percent) and, as a result, fall to ninth in the table, sandwiched in betweenChelsea (eighth) — $7.46m or $143,516 a week — and Arsenal (10th) — $6.95m or $133,658.Liverpool move up from 20th to 14th place with an average yearly spend of $6.02m or $115,697 per week, while Champions League finalists and Italian champions Juventus are down from 18th to 24th with an average of $4.90m at $94,265.Tottenham are the only other football team to make the top 50, at 30th this year with an average spend of $4.82m per year and $92,708 per week, having spent almost 20 percent more than last season.Somewhat surprisingly, German side Schalke come 53rd ($4.27m), while Milan ($4.09m) are 58th. Dortmund finished 62nd, while Roma plunged to 66th from 25th after spending 22 percent less than last year, just ahead of 69th placed Inter Milan who fell from 31st. ALL-TIME HIGHEST TRANSFER FEES1) £85m Gareth Bale — Tottenham to Real Madrid, Sept. 20132) £80m Cristiano Ronaldo — Man Utd to R. Madrid, June 20093) £75m Luis Suarez — Liverpool to Barcelona, July 20144) £71m James Rodriguez — Monaco to Real Madrid, July 20145) £59.7m Angel Di Maria — Real Madrid to Man Utd, Aug. 2014 6) £56m Kaka — AC Milan to Real Madrid, June 2009Aston Villa, in 80th, have the seventh-highest wages in the Premier League at $3.10m or $59,686 — ahead of both Atletico Madrid and Lyon — and just in front of 88th-placed Newcastle ($2.87m) and 90th-placed Everton ($2.80m).In the rest of the world, Chinese side Shandong Luneng come 190th with an average wage of $1.11m and weekly salary of $21,339.Toronto FC are the highest-paid MLS side as they come 204th at $891,304 per year and $17,140 per week, while LA Galaxy are 209th at $569,176 per year and $10,946 per week.
Maddenoliday will soon be upon us, which means the time for ratings is here.Starting on July 13, ESPN will reveal “Madden NFL ’21” ratings throughout the week on its programming. The reveal will include members of “Madden’s” 99 Club, members of which are rated 99, the highest rating in the game. ESPN’s morning show “Get Up!” will hold the reveal of the 99 Club while “First Take,” “SportsCenter” and “NFL Live” will all house different coverage of player rankings and ratings throughout the week. MORE: ‘Madden’ fans are disappointed with EA for a big reasonAs with every year, the “Madden” ratings are the cause for debate and contention among fans of the longstanding video game franchise. A player’s rating is correlated to his on-field production and is updated weekly as the regular season rolls along.The unofficial start of ratings-reveal season starts with the rookie QB ratings, which were revealed Thursday by former NFL QB and Hall of Famer Steve Young.”Dang! This is the guy you guys got!?” – @[email protected] reveals #Madden21 Ratings to Rookie QBs pic.twitter.com/PLLH1Fh8XK— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 9, 2020Madden 21 rookie QB ratings:- Joe Burrow: 76- Tua Tagovailoa: 73- Jordan Love: 71- Justin Herbert: 70- Jalen Hurts: 68 (86 speed)- Jacob Eason 63- Jake Fromm 62— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) July 9, 2020 On July 17, remaining ratings will be revealed on a “SportsCenter” special, which will also detail EA Sports’ ratings process,Last year, just four NFL players were members of the 99 Club: the Rams’ Aaron Donald, current Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins, Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. This year, freshly paid Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes may enter the group as a 99-overall player.