Massive money in football should not surprise anyone. After all, it is one of the best-paid sports in the world. It should also be kept in mind that from year to year, money in the sport increases. The best confirmation of that is Manchester City becoming the first team worth more than EUR 1 billion. That means that the owners and trainers spent over 1 billion to complete the composition. Let’s have a look at how it came about.
The most expensive team in the world
The last Premier League’s winner – Manchester City is the first club in the world to have a team worth over a billion euros. Said the International Sports Research Center (CIES) based in the Swiss Neuchatel. According to CIES, no football club would invest more than a billion euros in football players before. The exact amount they Manchester City have spent is 1.014 billion.
The research included some more interesting facts and statistics. Firstly, we are going to have a look at the list of the top 10 teams (accordingly to the added value of players in each time). Paris St-Germain ranks second on that list with the worth of 913 million. Real Madrid is third – 902 million. The top ten are also: Manchester United – 751 million, Juventus Turin – 719, FC Barcelona – 697, Liverpool FC – 639, Chelsea London – 561, Atletico Madrid – 550 and Arsenal London – 498.
A handful of information from the research
The full ranking and study were, to sum up, the value of players in all teams in the top European football league like English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1.
The report also looked at the average amount of money that was spent the last transfer window by clubs in every league. According to the report, the most money in total spent teams from England (Premier League) – €345m, In the second place is Serie A and La Liga – clubs from both leagues spent on average €167m. In the first place, we have German Bundesliga with average spending of €124m, the last league from the research is French Ligue 1 with €118m spent on new players on average by every club.
Researchers examined the value of players in every club, not only from the top part of the league. As the results show, at the end of the ranking among the clubs of the five leading European leagues that were included in the study is German Paderborn. Owners and managers allocated only four million euros to the current staff of the new team Bundesliga.
As explained, the International Center for Sports Research in the analysis considered transfers carried out since 2010 in the leagues: English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. In 2019, all clubs from these strongest leagues spent EUR 6.6 billion on player transfers which is more the year before 5.8 billion.
How come that Manchester City became the wealthiest club in the world?
Thinking about Manchester City now we see one of the best clubs in the world. The team that won Premier League twice in a row and Trible in the last season. However, we cannot forget who the leading cause of all of that is.
Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has made Manchester City the world’s most lavish sports club. He pays its players an average of over $ 8 million a year. Sheikh’s generosity led The Citizens to many successes year by year. Manchester City’s modern history begins in mid-2008.
At that time, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan realized one of his whims and bought a football club. He is a member of one of the wealthiest families in the world, Al Nahyan (its net worth is estimated at $ 150 billion). Sheik Mansour, brother of Khalifa – President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi, paid £ 210 million for 90 percent Manchester club shares.
So, we already know who paid for the players that add up to Manchester City’s value. But who they are? Let’s look at the most expensive players of The Citizens. We used data from the Transfermarket database.
According to the Tranfermarket, the player of the highest transfer vale in Manchester City is Raheem Sterling (140 mln €). The English midfielder is crucial player both for City and the national team.
On the list, we also have an offensive midfielder – Kevin De Bruyne (130 mln €), a young German star Leroy Sané (100 mln €), an amazingly effective striker Bernardo Silva (100 mln €), a midfielder Rodri (80 mln €), a French defender Aymeric Laporte(75 mln €), a Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson (70 mln €), a Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (70 mln €) and an Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (65 mln €).
There is no doubt that MnchesterCity is the most expensive team in the world, but sports not once have sown that money does not always win. Say with us to get to know more exciting football news and tips.