When it comes to the most expensive squad in Europeas 5 biggestAleagues, Manchester United sits right at the top with over 700 million spent on players.
The Red Devils have the most expensively assembled squad in world football, leading their rivals Manchester City and Real Madrid. With the resigning of Paul Pogba for a world record fee of 100 million euros, that contributed largely and inflated their squad value to 718 million euros.
But that figure also includes signings like Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Baily, David De Gea, Anthony Martial, and even Wayne Rooney. All players who were once bought by Manchester United for expensive transfer fees some time or another over the years.
In comparison though, Real Madrid have two world record signings with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale which set them back a mere 634 million euros and they still sit at number 2. At number 3 is the oil money fueled Manchester City who haveAspent on players like Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Steerling and John Stones, with over 150 million euros in transfer fees between the 3 of them.
Barcelona who did have a transfer ban imposed on them, have seen their ranking drop to 4thA having spent only 485 million euros. They did however signAPaco Alcacer and Andre Gomes from Valencia and Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyon. While Chelsea, the 3rd Premier League club in the top 5, marginally beats PSG (by just over 26 million euros), having spent 485 million euros on players like Kante, David Luiz, Michy Batshuayi and Marcos Alonso.
Top 10 most expensively assembled squads in the world.
What intrigues us is how the bigger picture shows just how much of money goes into English football, putting it at par with the other four big leagues. Even smaller clubs, clubs people wouldnat expect to spend that much, like Burnley, Middlesbrough and even Bournemouth are all within the top 50.
The entire study done by CIES Football Observatory, lists 98 clubs from Europeas big 5 and not one Premier league side feature outside of the top 50. Smaller Premier League clubs like Sunderland, Burnley, Bournemouth, Hull City and even Middlesbrough, all feature within the top 50. These clubs are not clubs where people expect them to spend money, but even then, they are outspending clubs from other big leagues 10-1!!
Clubs like Sunderland, Swansea and ABournemouth have spent more than a Champions League playing club like Borussia MAnchengladbach. Bournemouthas squad cost the same as the German side having spent 96 million euros but it still sits above clubs like Torino, Real Sociedad, and Lyon among others.
The bottom of the pile is occupied by teams like Angers, Sporting Gijon, Darmstadt, Osasuna and other clubs that have spent or have teams worth 10 million euros or less. While in comparison, Middlesbrough has spent more on Marten de Roon alone.
But that alone doesn’t answer the question. Are the clubs focusing more on quality or do they just want to spend money and buy players with the hopes that one guy just may be their Messi or Henry??