Study incorrectly compared wages between Serie A and MLS players

A study that attempted to show that Serie A players earned less than MLS players was incorrect.

The study, as cited by ESPN FC and other outlets last week, claimed that more players in MLS earned over €100,000 ($105,769) per week than in Serie A.

However, the study attempted to compare the gross (pre-tax) salary figures released by the MLS players' union with the net (after tax) salary figures reported in a survey from Italian newspapers Gazzetta dello Sport and Panorama.

After converting the Serie A figures to gross using Italy's top tax rate of 43 percent, there are at least 34 players in the league earning more than €100,000 per week gross.

The official figures from the MLS union show there are only seven players in MLS earned more than $5.5 million in 2016, or €100,000 per week gross, and two of them -- Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard -- recently retired.

The study was also incorrect in saying that Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain was the world's 47th-highest paid player at €148,000 per week net. His estimated gross wage of €295,000 per week would put him in the top 10, ahead of both Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm and Orlando City's Kaka.

Five Serie A clubs have two or more players who earn at least €100,000 gross, not only Juventus, who have 13 players over that level, not the two that the study reported using net figures.

Therefore, the figures do not confirm a reported economic decline in Serie A, though the league still faces limited revenue growth when compared to other European leagues.

The 34 players in Serie A making more than €100,000 per week gross, using figures from Panorama's survey:

Juventus: Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Gianluigi Buffon, Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Marchisio, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Juan Cuadrado, Dani Alves, Medhi Benatia, Patrice Evra, Andrea Barzagli

Inter Milan: Mauro Icardi, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Gabriel Barbosa, Ever Banega, Joao Mario, Rodrigo Palacio, Stevan Jovetic, Antonio Candreva, Miranda, Felipe Melo

Roma: Daniele De Rossi, Edin Dzeko, Mohamed Salah, Kevin Strootman

AC MIlan: Carlos Bacca, Riccardo Montolivo, Luiz Adriano, Keisuke Honda

Napoli: Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon

Torino: Joe Hart (on loan from Manchester City, who pay about two-thirds of his wages)