La Gazzetta dello Sport (Stefano Boldrini) The NBA offers the biggest salaries on the planet, Manchester United are the team with the highest wage bill in football, but Juventus’ players also have cause to smile. The annual Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS) focused its attention on 333 teams in 7 sports (football, baseball, basketball, American football, cricket, ice hockey and Australian Rules football) in 17 leagues across the world, totalling 10,000 athletes. The NBA is the undisputed number 1 with 6 names in the top 10 – Cleveland Cavs are in first place, with an average annual salary of €7.58m – then comes football, with Manchester United in 4th (€6.69m), Barcelona in 5th (€6.55m) and Manchester City in 9th (€6.29m).
After yesterday, maybe, he will be a little less tormented than usual, given that he’s now taken his decision and there’s no room for second thoughts. What had been unofficial for nearly 10 months was made official yesterday: Walter Sabatini is no longer Roma’s sporting director, and it is goodbye to the last director from the first ‘Roma americana’. “I want to thank Walter for what he did for AS Roma and for all his dedication to our venture,” said president James Pallotta. “I also want to thank him for all I’ve learned from him. Please stop smoking!”
15 clubs will have sponsors on the front of their shirts during the 2016/17 Serie A season, while 5 clubs will have an empty space instead – 1 less than last year. Roma, Lazio and Palermo won’t have a sponsor either on the front or the back; Genoa and Sampdoria, like last season, won’t have a main sponsor but will at least bring in some revenue thanks to Genoa’s deal with LeasePlan and Sampdoria’s with XLV. As a recent study by Sporting Intelligence showed, no Premier League club has an empty shirt: Middlesbrough are the team with the smallest revenue, bringing in £1m a season.
Roma closed their business for the summer transfer window with a sign saying ‘low costs’: on the final day of business they didn’t bring in any signings, only allowing Sadiq and Torosidis to leave – both for Bologna – as well as Vainqueur, who has gone to France. The Giallorossi’s summer wasn’t filled with excitement, as Roma decided to invest the majority of their resources in signing those players who had been on loan last season permanently, given that they had options and obligations to buy hanging over them, but thanks to the departures, sales, loans and contract expirations they will be able to breathe easier over their bank balance: the total impact of the last 2 months of negotiations brings a financial profit of over €50m.
The elimination in the Champions League playoffs will cost Roma dear. Being knocked out by Porto will, in fact, have some knock on effects on the Giallorossi’s finances.
Italian football finance analysts calcioefinanza.it have revealed that Roma can meet Financial Fair Play targets without having to sell Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan this summer. Alberto Medici, writing for calcioefinanza.it, highlights the club’s own financial reports but underlines that there are still many factors in play that could result in one of the Giallorossi’s stars being sold.