Barcelona, Madrid top paid teams in world; Only 3 US teams in top 10

This combo picture made on April 19, 2012 shows Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (left) on February 14, 2012 and Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (right) on March 27, 2012. PATRIK STOLLARZ/PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images

(AP) LONDON - Barcelona's soccer players are the best-compensated in all of sports, with an average weekly pay of $166,934.

Spanish rival Real Madrid was second at $149,935 in the study produced by the website Sporting Intelligence for ESPN. Only three American franchises were in the top 10, down from five last year, with the remaining seven spots held by European soccer clubs.

The NBA's Los Angeles Lakers are No. 5 — below Barcelona, Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea. They're followed by baseball's New York Yankees at No. 6 and the Philadelphia Phillies at No. 9.