I've been following European football for 50 years. I grew up with it, played it, and went to more live games there than NRL games here. The EPL is a bit of different beast from all other leagues due to the obscene amount of money it generates, but the principle is the same, and I am not in the habit of making claims I can't back up. These are the EPL salary figures for 2017 (2018 are not officially out yet): 1- Man City: £265m 2- Man Utd: £264m 3- Chelsea: £221m 4- Liverpool: £208m 5- Arsenal: £199m Then there is a significant drop to the next rung in terms of salaries, and already at half the amount of the top: 6- Tottenham: £128m 7- Leicester: £113m 8- Southampton: £112m 9- Everton: £105m 10- Swansea: £99m Lowest: 17- Bournemouth: £72m 18- Middlesbrough: £65m 19 & 20- Hull and Burnley: £61m Wanna know what the final ladder that year looked like? 1- Chelsea (Champions with 93 pts) 2- Tottenham Hotspur (86 pts) (well done to them, really!) 3- Manchester City (78 pts) 4- Liverpool (76 pts) 5- Arsenal (75 pts) 6- Manchester United (69 pts) 7- Everton (61 pts) 8- Southampton (46 pts) 9- Bournemouth (46 pts) 10- West Bromwich Albion (45 pts) 11- West Ham United (45 pts) 12- Leicester City (44 pts) 13- Stoke City (44 pts) 14- Crystal Palace (41 pts) 15- Swansea City (41 pts) 16- Burnley (40 pts) 17- Watford (40 pts) 18- Hull City (Relegated on 34 pts) 19- Middlesbrough (Relegated on 28 pts) 20- Sunderland (Relegated on 24 pts) That's more than correlation right there, because not only do you have top spenders finish at the top of the ladder, you have bottom spenders finishing at the bottom of the ladder. And this picture repeats itself over the years, it's not just one statistical abnormality. In most other countries, the differences are much bigger even, because they don't benefit from a massive broacast deal. Of course, it's true that a player will chose Man Utd over Fullham, but only if the pay is similar or slightly less. No way a player takes half the salary on offer at West Ham so he can play at Chelsea. However, it's more likely he will get at least the same amount of money, probably more. And that would be the case with the Broncos over the Cowboys, Titans or Raiders, to name a few, if they were able to table competitive offers for any player they want, instead of being limited to do that very selectively by a salary cap meant to equalise the value of each NRL team's roster, which is how Souffs, Cows and the drug cheats were able to win a premiership in the last 5 years.