The most expensive game in history - at least this week

By Laurie Bennett

February 10, 2011 at 11:51am

U.S. sports fans concerned about whopping salaries paid to home run kings and Super Bowl MVPs may find some solace in the soccer match this Saturday between Manchester United and Manchester City of the English Premier League.

The Wall Street Journal is calling it the “most expensive game in history,” estimating that the players have cost the two teams a combined $850 million.

Not that the U.S. is blameless when it comes to the skyrocketing costs of star athletes on British playing fields.

Manchester United is owned by American businessman Malcolm Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, brother of the president of the United Arab Emirates, owns Manchester City. The team’s former owner is Thaksin Shinawatra, the disgraced ex-prime minister of Thailand.

The Journal reports that Saturday’s match won’t hold the record long for costliest game. When Manchester City meets Chelsea next month, the combined player costs will be $900 million.

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