Which average are you referring to exactly when you state that the Brazilian league, on average, is not the highest paying league (in terms of annual salaries) for foreign players in South America? Mean, median or mode averages? I can also not find any relevant or up-to-date statistics. I have found these two sources: http://deadspin.com/chart-the-average-player-salaries-in-soccer-leagues-ar-1658856283 The above source does not offer the details or factors that you have considered. However, in general terms and relating to average annual salaries for professional players, the Brazilian top tier league was 7th in the world late in 2014, with an average annual salary of £583,333. It was ranked 1st in South America by a considerable margin (Argentina was ranked 14th, Colombia 23rd, & Chile 31st). Mexico's top tier league was ranked 10th in the world at this time, with an average annual salary of £265,625. 2014 was not so long ago. If what you're saying is accurate, that Chilean clubs pay (or over-pay) foreign players more than what Brazilian clubs pay in this regard, then the salaries paid by Chilean clubs on average to foreign players is disproportionate. http://www.elcolombiano.com/deporte...rio-promedio-del-futbol-en-colombia-HY2742339 The source above is from 2015. Like the one before, it does not consider the factors that you have raised in detail. It looks at the average monthly earnings of professional footballers in top tier leagues globally. Brazil was again highest in South America (and Americas) in 2015 here, with the average monthly pay being £50,000, compared to Argentina (13th; £17,000), Colombia (22nd; £11,000) and Chile (30th; £5,000). Mexico is 9th on the list (£23,000). I gather that, if what you're saying is true, then Mexico and Chile (as you say) are the China of Latin America, in relation to how foreign players earn compared to the rest of the locals.