Europe's Eight Biggest Spenders Over the Past Decade

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I stumbled upon an interesting list of the top 8 transfer spending clubs in Europe in the last 10 years.
Does the amount spent on transfers by clubs explain their achievements?

Here's the list in the order of the lowest spender of the 8 to the highest spender:


8. Juventus - 811 million pounds

7. Liverpool - 820 million pounds

6. Real Madrid - 862 million pounds

5. Manchester United - 898 million pounds

4. Chelsea - 1 billion pounds

3. PSG - 1.01 billion pounds

2. Barcelona - 1.015 billion pounds

1. Manchester City - 1.4 billion pounds


https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/699847/European-football-stats-money-spent-decade-clubs-teams-Premier-League-sportgalleries
 
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The last decade doesn't really say much though - who you bought 10 years ago might have moved on by now - so it doesn't give an indication about 'current' achievements for me. Just who has spent the most.

The last 5 years is better - as all the players should still be playing with you etc.
 

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Just goes to emphasise what an empty, plastic club City are.
Nothing without the oil money. All their titles are hollow victories.
 

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Is it net spend?

Interesting to see Barcelona up there. For all it's vaunted and celebrated football academy, they are avid shoppers of talent.

Juventus and Bayern get a lot of bang for their buck
 
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Net spend would give a more complete picture. How much have Barcelona spent in the last 12 months? I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the same as the previous 5-6 together, but only because they got £200m for Neymar.
 

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Not sure it's a valid argument, net spending is much more indicative. It puts Liverpool at no.7, yet we have sold some big names in their prime along the way (Torres, Suarez, Sterling, Coutinho, Alonso for roughly £350m, plus some of the fees recouped on Carroll, Benteke, Sakho).

Of course we have had more than our fair share of duds along the way, but I doubt we have been anywhere near PSG, City, Madrid in terms of net spending, which is a ranking I would be very interested to see.

Googled this:

https://talksport.com/football/every-champions-league-club-ranked-their-net-spend-over-last-five-seasons-170902252966?p=31

Interactive shows all 32 UCL clubs net spend, while Liverpool are still 8th, we are at a fraction of the top 5 teams, and our net spend has since decreased with the sale of Coutinho.
 

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I stumbled upon an interesting list of the top 8 transfer spending clubs in Europe in the last 10 years.
Does the amount spent on transfers by clubs explain their achievements?

Here's the list in the order of the lowest spender of the 8 to the highest spender:


8. Juventus - 811 million pounds

7. Liverpool - 820 million pounds

6. Real Madrid - 862 million pounds

5. Manchester United - 898 million pounds

4. Chelsea - 1 billion pounds

3. PSG - 1.01 billion pounds

2. Barcelona - 1.015 billion pounds

1. Manchester City - 1.4 billion pounds


https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/699847/European-football-stats-money-spent-decade-clubs-teams-Premier-League-sportgalleries
United are quite far down this list because we didn't spend much in comparison to other big clubs for the first half of this 10-year period.

If you looked at the last five years we'd be pushing for the no.1 spot.

City's spending is ridiculous though. 300 million more than anyone else! They should have won far more than their three PL titles.
 

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Try it with this - seasons 08/09 to 17/18

https://www.transfermarkt.com/statistik/einnahmenausgaben

# Club Expenditures - Income - Balance
1 Manchester City 1,59 Bill. € - 408,91 Mill. € - -1.183,74 Mill. €
2 Paris Saint-Germain 970,05 Mill. € - 254,00 Mill. € - -716,05 Mill. €
3 Manchester United 1,02 Bill. € - 366,39 Mill. € - -652,20 Mill. €
4 FC Barcelona 1,15 Bill. € - 594,59 Mill. € - -558,45 Mill. €
5 Chelsea FC 1,14 Bill. € - 741,47 Mill. € - -395,83 Mill. €
6 Real Madrid 977,70 Mill. € - 616,15 Mill. € - -361,55 Mill. €
7 Bayern Munich 605,00 Mill. € - 251,90 Mill. € - -353,10 Mill. €
8 Juventus FC 922,44 Mill. € - 609,96 Mill. € - -312,48 Mill. €
9 AC Milan 616,12 Mill. € - 375,93 Mill. € - -240,19 Mill. €
10 SSC Napoli 549,34 Mill. € - 323,00 Mill. € - -226,34 Mill. €
11 Liverpool FC 932,46 Mill. € - 706,62 Mill. € - -225,84 Mill. €
12 Inter Milan 751,46 Mill. € - 526,98 Mill. € - -224,48 Mill. €
13 Arsenal FC 617,25 Mill. € - 402,24 Mill. € - -215,01 Mill. €
14 Stoke City 288,28 Mill. € - 82,61 Mill. € - -205,67 Mill. €
15 Zenit St. Petersburg 414,20 Mill. € - 209,97 Mill. € - -204,23 Mill. €
16 Hebei China Fortune 169,27 Mill. € - -0 - -169,27 Mill. €
17 Crystal Palace 249,66 Mill. € - 88,63 Mill. € - -161,03 Mill. €
18 Shanghai SIPG 168,35 Mill. € - 10,08 Mill. € - -158,27 Mill. €
19 RB Leipzig 183,71 Mill. € - 26,54 Mill. € - -157,17 Mill. €
20 Fenerbahce SK 244,41 Mill. € - 92,96 Mill. € - -151,45 Mill. €
21 Everton FC 488,67 Mill. € - 339,57 Mill. € - -149,10 Mill. €
22 Leicester City 285,19 Mill. € - 138,23 Mill. € - -146,96 Mill. €
23 West Bromwich Albion 229,74 Mill. € - 87,40 Mill. € - -142,34 Mill. €
24 Jiangsu Suning 168,10 Mill. € - 27,56 Mill. € - -140,54 Mill. €
25 Aston Villa 375,51 Mill. € - 239,06 Mill. € - -136,45 Mill. €
 

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The last decade doesn't really say much though - who you bought 10 years ago might have moved on by now - so it doesn't give an indication about 'current' achievements for me.
Doesn't have to be about 'current' achievements, could also be about output over the past 10 years.
 

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Net spend is bullshit. Just because you bought someone before the market went nuts then sold them for a ridiculous fee.
 

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Also, the likes of Chelsea, City and PSG have meant everyone else's spending has needed to skyrocket too because they fecked the market and made it even more necessary to keep up.
 

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Shock a thread about spending has been took over by the Liverpool net spend boys. You'll always have the net spend trophy guys don't worry.
 

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Net spend scousers:lol:
Buy talented young players, coach them and sell them in their prime or just before they get the best years from them!
Fail to win domestic trophies, rinse and repeat.
Would really cheese me off but hey they are net spend champions!
 

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I'm surprised Barcelona are so high. I honestly can't think of that many signings? I remember Ibra and Chrgynsky being around £90m or so. And Neymar obviously. Struggling to remember many other signings
 

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Shock a thread about spending has been took over by the Liverpool net spend boys. You'll always have the net spend trophy guys don't worry.
Shock a supporter of a club rich enough to not have to sell doesn't understand what most other clubs have to deal with.
 

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Net spend is bullshit. Just because you bought someone before the market went nuts then sold them for a ridiculous fee.
Oh ok so it's bullshit because they managed to sell with a good price Coutinho. Well Martial, Shaw and Lindelof didn't cost that much. So now that the market became nuts, you could easily go down of 3/4 places with the money you're going to have

Plus, the clubs bought Carroll for ~40M, Coutinho and Dembele for ~ 250, Higuain for 90 while in the same time Lvp, FCB and Juventus were selling Torres, Neymar and Pogba.
That's simply a commercial logic

Even for Pobga it's not relevant. Because when juve took him he's really worth nothing and took some value by his own.


And when you say everyone spends more because of Chelsea and PSG or City
You mean that it's because PSG bought Verratti (15M) and Pastore (- 40M) plus Krychowiak and everyone else that 2 years ago MU bought Pogba 90 or that one season dude Martial +50 M

Thanksfully after that some players like Coman, Bernardo and Sané were still available for a reasonable amount...
And Actually if we count bonus, Martial would be the record arrival for Chelsea. Like Angel, Lukaku and Pogba. There was also Mata and Matic who were pretty expensive. The only club which is spending more seems to be MU (not the case for real, Bayern, Juve...)
 
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Oh ok so it's bullshit because they manage to sell with a good price Coutinho. Well Martial, Shaw and Lindelof didn't cost that much. So now that the market became nuts, you could easily go down of 3/4 places with the money you're going to have

Plus, they bought Carroll for ~40M, Coutinho and Dembele for ~ 250, Higuain for 90 while in the time Lvp, FCB and Juventus were selling Torres, Neymar and Pogba.
That's simply a commercial logic

Even for Pobga it's not relevant. Because when juve took him he really worth nothing and took some value by his own.


And when you say everyone spend more because of Chelsea and PSG or City
You mean that it's because PSG bought Verratti (15M) and Pastore (- 40M) plus Krychowiak and everyone else that 2 years ago MU bought Pogba 90 or that one season dude Martial +50 M

Thanksfully after that some players like Coman, Bernardo and Sané were still available for a reasonable amount...
And Actually if we coun't bonus, Martial would be the record arrival for Chelsea. Like Angel, Lukaku and Pogba. There was also Mata and Matic who where pretty expensive. The only club which spends more seems to be MU (not the case for real, Bayern, Juve...)
What the feck are you talking about?
 

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Oh ok so it's bullshit because they manage to sell with a good price Coutinho. Well Martial, Shaw and Lindelof didn't cost that much. So now that the market became nuts, you could easily go down of 3/4 places with the money you're going to have

Plus, they bought Carroll for ~40M, Coutinho and Dembele for ~ 250, Higuain for 90 while in the time Lvp, FCB and Juventus were selling Torres, Neymar and Pogba.
That's simply a commercial logic

Even for Pobga it's not relevant. Because when juve took him he really worth nothing and took some value by his own.


And when you say everyone spend more because of Chelsea and PSG or City
You mean that it's because PSG bought Verratti (15M) and Pastore (- 40M) plus Krychowiak and everyone else that 2 years ago MU bought Pogba 90 or that one season dude Martial +50 M

Thanksfully after that some players like Coman, Bernardo and Sané were still available for a reasonable amount...
And Actually if we coun't bonus, Martial would be the record arrival for Chelsea. Like Angel, Lukaku and Pogba. There was also Mata and Matic who where pretty expensive. The only club which spends more seems to be MU (not the case for real, Bayern, Juve...)
Oh... What?
 

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Try it with this - seasons 08/09 to 17/18

https://www.transfermarkt.com/statistik/einnahmenausgaben

# Club Expenditures - Income - Balance
1 Manchester City 1,59 Bill. € - 408,91 Mill. € - -1.183,74 Mill. €
2 Paris Saint-Germain 970,05 Mill. € - 254,00 Mill. € - -716,05 Mill. €
3 Manchester United 1,02 Bill. € - 366,39 Mill. € - -652,20 Mill. €
4 FC Barcelona 1,15 Bill. € - 594,59 Mill. € - -558,45 Mill. €
5 Chelsea FC 1,14 Bill. € - 741,47 Mill. € - -395,83 Mill. €
6 Real Madrid 977,70 Mill. € - 616,15 Mill. € - -361,55 Mill. €
7 Bayern Munich 605,00 Mill. € - 251,90 Mill. € - -353,10 Mill. €
8 Juventus FC 922,44 Mill. € - 609,96 Mill. € - -312,48 Mill. €
9 AC Milan 616,12 Mill. € - 375,93 Mill. € - -240,19 Mill. €
10 SSC Napoli 549,34 Mill. € - 323,00 Mill. € - -226,34 Mill. €
11 Liverpool FC 932,46 Mill. € - 706,62 Mill. € - -225,84 Mill. €
12 Inter Milan 751,46 Mill. € - 526,98 Mill. € - -224,48 Mill. €
13 Arsenal FC 617,25 Mill. € - 402,24 Mill. € - -215,01 Mill. €
14 Stoke City 288,28 Mill. € - 82,61 Mill. € - -205,67 Mill. €
15 Zenit St. Petersburg 414,20 Mill. € - 209,97 Mill. € - -204,23 Mill. €
16 Hebei China Fortune 169,27 Mill. € - -0 - -169,27 Mill. €
17 Crystal Palace 249,66 Mill. € - 88,63 Mill. € - -161,03 Mill. €
18 Shanghai SIPG 168,35 Mill. € - 10,08 Mill. € - -158,27 Mill. €
19 RB Leipzig 183,71 Mill. € - 26,54 Mill. € - -157,17 Mill. €
20 Fenerbahce SK 244,41 Mill. € - 92,96 Mill. € - -151,45 Mill. €
21 Everton FC 488,67 Mill. € - 339,57 Mill. € - -149,10 Mill. €
22 Leicester City 285,19 Mill. € - 138,23 Mill. € - -146,96 Mill. €
23 West Bromwich Albion 229,74 Mill. € - 87,40 Mill. € - -142,34 Mill. €
24 Jiangsu Suning 168,10 Mill. € - 27,56 Mill. € - -140,54 Mill. €
25 Aston Villa 375,51 Mill. € - 239,06 Mill. € - -136,45 Mill. €

If this is accurate, then you have to really take your hat off for Spurs and Daniel Levy. They are about to move into a new stadium too.
 

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Oh ok so it's bullshit because they manage to sell with a good price Coutinho. Well Martial, Shaw and Lindelof didn't cost that much. So now that the market became nuts, you could easily go down of 3/4 places with the money you're going to have

Plus, they bought Carroll for ~40M, Coutinho and Dembele for ~ 250, Higuain for 90 while in the time Lvp, FCB and Juventus were selling Torres, Neymar and Pogba.
That's simply a commercial logic

Even for Pobga it's not relevant. Because when juve took him he really worth nothing and took some value by his own.


And when you say everyone spend more because of Chelsea and PSG or City
You mean that it's because PSG bought Verratti (15M) and Pastore (- 40M) plus Krychowiak and everyone else that 2 years ago MU bought Pogba 90 or that one season dude Martial +50 M

Thanksfully after that some players like Coman, Bernardo and Sané were still available for a reasonable amount...
And Actually if we coun't bonus, Martial would be the record arrival for Chelsea. Like Angel, Lukaku and Pogba. There was also Mata and Matic who where pretty expensive. The only club which spends more seems to be MU (not the case for real, Bayern, Juve...)
Gibberish.
 

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Not sure it's a valid argument, net spending is much more indicative. It puts Liverpool at no.7, yet we have sold some big names in their prime along the way (Torres, Suarez, Sterling, Coutinho, Alonso for roughly £350m, plus some of the fees recouped on Carroll, Benteke, Sakho).

Of course we have had more than our fair share of duds along the way, but I doubt we have been anywhere near PSG, City, Madrid in terms of net spending, which is a ranking I would be very interested to see.

Googled this:

https://talksport.com/football/every-champions-league-club-ranked-their-net-spend-over-last-five-seasons-170902252966?p=31

Interactive shows all 32 UCL clubs net spend, while Liverpool are still 8th, we are at a fraction of the top 5 teams, and our net spend has since decreased with the sale of Coutinho.
Of course Liverpool is not anywhere near Real Madrid.

According to the link you posted Liverpool is 8th with 150.5 millions vs Madrid's 66 millions.

And that is after you sold Coutinho for a ridiculous amount of money, and Madrid has not sold James Rodriguez.

Madrid hasn't spend anything the last years. In fact, since the WC in 2014 that they bought James for 80 million euros, they have recieved more money for sold players than what they have spent buying.