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The question of how much professional footballers earn, and whether they deserve the huge amounts of money they can pocket each month, is a perennial topic. Hungarian news site Mfor has now calculated the average salary of a footballer in Hungary based on UEFA’s 2021/22 financial report.
According to the report of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), a football team in the first division of the Hungarian National Championship (NB I) spends a total of HUF 3 billion (EUR 7.8 million) on wages in a year, but this includes all the staff employed by the club, such as the press officer, the medical staff, or the coaches. The footballers’ wages are 58.5 percent of the above amount, so these are the figures Mfor used as a basis.
According to the calculations, if we divide 58.5 percent of the HUF 3 billion by the total number of National Championship players signed, which was 473 last year according to Transfermarkt, we find that the average monthly salary of a footballer in Hungary is HUF 3.8 million (EUR 9,880). However, this is just the average salary; for a team as talented and leading the National Championship and playing in the Europa League as Ferencváros, this could be significantly higher.
Although the amount may seem a lot at first glance, especially for Hungarians, in reality, Hungarian footballers’ salaries are not top wages. According to UEFA’s report, the Hungarian championship is the 18th highest wage-spending league in Europe, with a total of €93 million.
At the same time, wages in the domestic league have been steadily improving, with a 14% increase in wage-related spending in the National Championship, compared to the previous year.
Only the Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, and Greek first divisions have seen their wages rise at a higher rate.
Meanwhile, it was reported recently that according to the data of Transfermarkt, Hungarian football teams in the first division of the National Championship spent a total of €3 million on new players in this winter transfer window, compared to €6.2 million this time last year. The top three winter season transfers in Hungary are Tobias Christensen for 850,000 euros to Mol Fehérvár FC, Jonathan Levi for 600,000 euros to Puskás Akadémia FC, and Myenty Abena for 400,000 euros to Ferencváros.
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