Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, the reigning South Korean professional football champions, also have the league's largest payroll and own its five highest-paid players, data showed Friday.
The K League, operators of the professional competitions, released salary data on 11 clubs in the first-division K League Classic, excluding the military club Sangju Sangmu.
The data showed that K League Classic players made 196.5 million won ($180,780) each on average.
For South Korean players, the average annual salary came to 168.6 million won, while the figure for foreign players was 437.3 million won.
|In this file photo taken on Oct. 29, 2017, members of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors celebrate their 2017 K League Classic championship after a 3-0 win over Jeju United at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province. (Yonhap)|
Jeonbuk, which claimed their second title in three seasons, had the biggest payroll with 15.7 billion won. FC Seoul were a distant second with 9.4 billion won. Jeonbuk also had the largest average salary per player with 460.6 million won.
Jeonbuk boasted the five highest-paid Korean players: forward Kim Shin-wook (1.54 billion won), defender Kim Jin-soo (1.46 billion won), midfielder Shin Hyung-min (1.11 billion won), forward Lee Dong-gook (990.6 million won) and midfielder Lee Jae-sung (844.5 million won).
Among foreign players, Jeonbuk's Brazilian forward Edu led the way with 1.42 billion won.
In the second-tier K League Challenge, Busan IPark had the largest payroll with 4.33 billion won. (Yonhap)