The transfer window in Europe is now shut, the spending is done – but what has that done to the squads, who has the most valuable squad in world football?
Three teams in the world possess squads worth in excess of £1billion…Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, and English champions Manchester City.
And the most expensive squad belongs to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – whose squad is currently valued £1.14billion.
Real Madrid have climbed above rivals Barcelona into second, although there is little separating the two Spanish colossus’ at £1.06billion and £1.05billion respectively.
European champions Liverpool are on the brink of joining the Billion pound club, as they sit fourth on £959million, some way ahead of Paris Germain in fifth and the next English team which is Tottenham in sixth – rated at £881million.
|World’s most valuable squads||Club||League||Value (via transfermarkt.de)|
|1||MANCHESTER CITY||Premier League||£1.14bn|
|2||Real Madrid||La Liga||£1.06bn|
|3||FC Barcelona||La Liga||£1.05bn|
|5||Paris Saint Germain||Ligue 1||£888.75m|
|6||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR||Premier League||£881.55m|
|9||Atletico Madrid||La Liga||£746.46m|
|11||MANCHESTER UNITED||Premier League||£645.53m|
|15||Inter Milan||Serie A||£554.31m|
|18||AC Milan||Serie A||£443.70m|
|21||AS Roma||Serie A||£356.99m|
|22||LEICESTER CITY||Premier League||£353.03m|
|23||AS Monaco||Ligue 1||£331.88m|
|25||Olympique Lyon||Ligue 1||£306.32m|
|26||WEST HAM UNITED||Premier League||£299.03m|
|27||AFC BOURNEMOUTH||Premier League||£281.70m|
|29||WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS||Premier League||£277.07m|
|30||Real Betis||La Liga||£266.94m|
|31||Real Sociedad||La Liga||£263.97m|
|35||FC Porto||Liga NOS||£228.78m|
|38||NEWCASTLE UNITED||Premier League||£225.97m|
|42||CRYSTAL PALACE||Premier League||£207.50m|
|46||Celta de Vigo||La Liga||£199.62m|
|47||Athletic Bilbao||La Liga||£199.62m|
|48||Olympique Marseille||Ligue 1||£194.99m|
And unsurprisingly the Premier League are by far the most dominant league when looking at the top-50 most valuable squads in world football, with 15 teams in the rankings.
Perhaps quite surprisingly and probably sums up their current malaise, is Manchester United who are only 11th – behind Chelsea in tenth, making them only fifth most valuable squad in English football- indeed at £645million, United’s value is nearly half of what Man City’s is.
Arsenal follow Man United in the rankings in 12th.
Of the other nine English sides, you have only one more team in the top-20 in the world and that is Everton who come in at 16th – just shy of £500million in value.
Leicester are rated 22nd in the world at £353million, with West Ham and Bournemouth coming in at 26th and 27th respectively with Wolves ranked just in the to 30 at 29th with a value of £277million.
Despite many Newcastle fans bemoaning owner Mike Ashley – they are still have a hugely valuable squad, ranking at 38th with a value of £225million.
Coming next in 40th, 41st and 42nd, again some who may be a surprise, in the shape of Watford, Southampton and Crystal Palace – but again it shows the power of the Premier League.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “It is fascinating just to see how much some squads are worth, and some still might find it surprising that Manchester City continue to top the charts ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“The amount of English clubs, given the riches of the Premier League, is not a huge shock but certainly Man United not being in the top-ten, must be a worry to their fans – but only highlights how much they have gone backwards since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.”
*Odds correct at time of writing
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