Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus ... the top 30 most expensive squads in European football – in pictures
Cash-rich Premier League dominates the top 10, according to the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory
Manchester City have once again topped the table for assembling European football's most expensive squad.
According to data from from the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory, the English Premier League club has remained ahead of European football big guns such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
The study of Europe's 'Big Five' leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1) suggests that City spent an estimated €1.036 billion ($1.22bn) on transfer fees – including add-ons – to put together their current squad, an increase of €22m on 2019.
City rivals Manchester United increased their squad expenditure by a whopping €92m to €844m and move into the top three behind Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain on €888m.
The English top-flight dominates the top 10 with six teams, while La Liga has the next biggest with two courtesy of Spanish giants Barca (€827m) and Real (€708m).
The biggest increase was seen by London club Chelsea who jumped up €202m to €763m.
European champions Bayern Munich are way down in 15th place on €408m.
Above is a list of the top 30 costliest squads in European football's Big Five. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device.
Published: October 13, 2020 09:04 AM