Top 14 club's annual budget now €19m
March 3, 2014
Jonny Wilkinson is reportedly the highest paid player in the Top 14 © Getty Images
The average annual budget for a Top 14 club has seen a €18.77m growth since 1996, according to figures published on Monday.
La Depeche has looked at the rapid growth in the money spent in the Top 14 with the newspaper claiming the average wage for a player has gone from €900 per month in 1996 to €11,000.
Club budgets have risen from €230,000 up to an average of €19m in that time. Champions Castres are operating on €15.6m and are the ninth biggest spenders in the league, according to the publication.
The rapid growth in player wages has seen Jonny Wilkinson emerge as the top earner on €56,000 per month with Morgan Parra the top French earner on €46,000. The newspaper claims 20-30% of a player's earnings are through image rights with the clubs reaping the rewards of the new bumper Canal+ television deal which has seen the broadcasting rights increase from €31.7m annually to €71m for the Top 14.
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