Survey reveals low player salaries among Brazilian professionals

SAO PAULO -- A survey of Brazil's football players shows 82 percent are paid a maximum of 1,000 reals ($250) a month.

The survey of registered professionals nationwide was carried out in January by the Brazilian football confederation.

Only one unidentified player is paid more than $125,000 a month, according to the CBF survey, while almost 14 percent of players in Brazil earn between 1,000 and 5,000 reals ($1,250) a month.

Top-flight players earn from 10,000 reals ($2,500) to 500,000 reals ($125,000) a month.

Brazil's minimum wage is 880 reals ($220), which is the pay for most footballers in small clubs in state championships and lower national divisions.