Chelsea, Man City, Real Madrid: who are the biggest spenders of the 21st century?
Having been taken over by a Saudi-led consortium worth Â£ 320bn in October, it’s inevitable that Newcastle United will soon become one of the biggest spenders in world football.
Once the January transfer window opens in a few weeks, the Magpies won’t hesitate to hand over the cash, with boss Eddie Howe set to be handed the biggest jackpot for new hires ever offered to a Newcastle director.
Which teams, however, have spent the most on transfer fees since the turn of the century? A new infographic created by the people of Transfer market documents the spending of the world’s biggest clubs over the past 21 years – and, unsurprisingly, there has been a big loss of money.
While the top 10 spenders of 2000 were mostly made up of clubs which are still recognizable forces today, fifth-placed Parma now sits at the bottom of Serie B in Italy – proof that a major investment does not guarantee success. long-term.
A consistent top-three game over the period, La Liga giants Real Madrid have often dug deep to attract the best players on the planet to the Bernabeu. Most notable is the insane time around 2009 when they spared no expense to land Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema.
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Los Blancos’ total spending for the period of Â£ 1.86 billion is only beaten by Premier League pair Manchester City and Chelsea.
Elsewhere, the Â£ 1.85bn spent by Real Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona are the kind of spending that goes beyond the Blaugrana, thanks to their well-publicized financial woes.
At the top of the tree, Chelsea have spent more than Â£ 2 billion, the vast majority belonging to Roman Abramovich.
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Paying out Â£ 103.5million for Romelu Lukaku and Â£ 72million each for Kai Havertz and Kepa Arrizabalaga in their three biggest contracts, it’s easy to see how this staggering total has been achieved.
However, the Blues’ penchant for a major buy hasn’t been limited to the past few years.
In 2011, the west London side parted with Â£ 52.65million to secure the services of Fernando Torres from Liverpool, while five years earlier Abramovich cleared a transfer of around Â£ 40million for AC Milan’s Andriy Shevchenko.
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In contrast, runner-up Man City have spent the vast majority of their overall spending over the past five years – only entering the top 10 in 2008 after the club was bought out by Sheikh Mansour.
Breaking the Â£ 50million fee barrier on no less than 10 occasions over the past half-decade, including the Â£ 105.75million capture of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Pep Guardiola has been soundly supported by the city’s board of directors.
The other two Premier League teams to feature in the overall top 10 are Manchester United (6th) and Liverpool (9th).
You can check out the full infographic below.
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Here are the overall totals for the top 10 consumers since the turn of the century.
10. AC Milan (Â£ 1.26 billion)
9. Liverpool (Â£ 1.38 billion)
8. Paris Saint-Germain (Â£ 1.4 billion)
7. Inter Milan (Â£ 1.51 billion)
6. Manchester United (Â£ 1.72 billion)
5. Juventus (Â£ 1.76 billion)
4. Barcelona (Â£ 1.85 billion)
3. Real Madrid (1.86 billion)
2. Manchester City (Â£ 1.98 billion)
1. Chelsea (Â£ 2.07 billion)
Given the wealth of Newcastle’s new owners and the increased business opportunities expected to open up at St. James’ Park in the coming months, the Magpies will soon be in competition with the biggest spenders in the world of football.
The Â£ 2 billion spent by Chelsea over the past 21 years is just a drop in the ocean for new Premier League owners.
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