PSG on the podium, the domination of the English … The ranking of the most expensive starting eleven in Europe
On Monday, the CIES Football Observatory ranked the most expensive starting line-ups in Europe since the start of the season, taking only transfer costs (including bonuses) into account. Unsurprisingly, Paris Saint-Germain is on the podium.
The Parisians are well placed in this ranking.
Money remains the sinews of war in the world of football. And despite a temporary lull after the Covid-19 crisis, the biggest European clubs continue to make significant investments in the transfer market.
To measure the impact of the money spent by the teams, the CIES Football Observatory carried out this Monday the ranking of the most expensive starting line-ups in Europe since the start of the season, taking only into account the costs of the transfers (including bonuses).
Manchester City in the lead, PSG 2nd
Benefiting from the income standards of the Premier League but also from the major efforts of the owners of the Emirates, Manchester City imposes itself in first place with a starting eleven estimated on average at 605 million euros (726 M€ maximum, 538 M€ minimum). )! Behind the reigning English champion, we find, unsurprisingly, another formation controlled by a State: Paris Saint-Germain.
With in particular the XXL expenditure made by the Qataris for the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbapp in 2017, the club of the French capital occupies the 2nd position with an average of 510 million euros (610 M€ maximum, 332 M€ minimum). ). However, it should be noted that the PSG, in its eleven, regularly makes lower the note thanks to Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos or even Lionel Messi, free when joining the Ile-de-France team.
The Premier League smashes everything (again)
If the domination of City and PSG confirms the strength of the clubs which can benefit from the financial power of a State, the rest of the classification demonstrates the omnipotence of the English championship. Indeed, in order, we find Manchester United (480 million euros), Liverpool (409 million euros), Chelsea (393 million euros), Arsenal (382 million euros), then two La Liga cadors, Real Madrid (370 million euros) and FC Barcelona (334 million euros).
In the Top 10, there are 5 curies from the Premier League against 2 from La Liga, 1 from Ligue 1, 1 from Serie A and 1 from the Bundesliga. This observation is even stronger within the Top 20 with a total of 12 British representatives. A huge difference which inevitably has an impact on the sporting level thereafter over time…
The Top 10 of the most expensive starting compositions in Europe according to the money invested:
1. Manchester City – €605m
2. Paris Saint-Germain – €510m
3. Manchester United – €480m
4. Liverpool – €409m
5. Chelsea – €393m
6. Arsenal – €382m
7. Real Madrid – €370m
8. FC Barcelona – €334m
9. Juventus Torino – €300m
10. Bayern Munich – €294m
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