A football club needs to pay some insane prices to get a deal over the line if it wants to sign the best players in the world. In recent years, we have observed transfer values fly through the roof as clubs put together ludicrous collections of some of the most valuable talent around. Below are the ten most expensively assembled squads in the world.
1. Manchester City (€1.014bn)
As a result of getting approximately 50 elite players in each position, Manchester City has collected by far the most expensive squad in the world. Their record outlay of just £62.8m to sign Rodri this summer is a pocket change in comparison to some of the other teams on this list, and it all adds up to €1.014bn. The list starts with Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling, Benjamin Mendy, and John Stones- and so on. The club is now reaping the rewards with back-to-back Premier League titles after spending so much money.
2. Paris Saint-Germain (€913m)
PSG are amongst the most valuable teams in the world. The acquisitions of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe make up over a third of PSG’s €913m spending. The pair is well ahead of the rest in terms of individual player costs in the French capital. Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Leandro Paredes were all costly additions to what is the second most expensive squad around.
3. Real Madrid (€902m)
You only have to look at Real Madrid activity this summer for proof that they are not scared of spending money. Their overall outlay rose to €902m after bringing in Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes. But this summer’s arrivals are only a fraction of their total costs. Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez are amongst the most expensive players around, while Vinicius Junior, Thibaut Courtois, and Luka Modric were by no means cheap.
4. Manchester United (€751m)
Manchester United often have to pay a premium to sign their talents, which is why their overall spending sits at €751m. Their busy summer saw them bring in Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for enormous fees. The two joined the £89m record-signing that is Paul Pogba at Old Trafford. Apart from the three, United have spent heavily on Anthony Martial, Fred, and Juan Mata, and the spending will almost certainly continue.
5. Juventus (€719m)
Juventus parted with €112m to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018, and that payment makes up the majority of their €719m outlay. They continued that massive spending by bringing in Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, in what was a busy summer transfer window for the Bianconeri. Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi and Paulo Dybala all set Juventus back substantial amounts, making the Serie A champions one of the most expensive sides around.
6. Barcelona (€697m)
Instead of paying for Lionel Messi, Barcelona has spent heavily on fellow attackers Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. While Antoine Griezmann’s €120m arrival from Atletico this summer shoot their overall, spend up to €697m. Frenkie de Jong is another high-profile addition, but the Blaugrana have also spent big on Clement Lenglet, Nelson Semedo and Arthur in recent years.
7. Liverpool (€639m)
Liverpool activities over the past few seasons have seen them climb to seventh on this list. Their total outlay of €639m represents massive spends on Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, and Naby Keita, while the star-studded attacking lineup of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino each cost over £30m. They have paid what was necessary to achieve success, and last season’s Champions League triumph was a pretty good reward.
8. Chelsea (€561m)
Chelsea only brought in Mateo Kovacic for £40m this summer due to transfer ban. The Blues made Kepa Arrizabalaga the most expensive goalkeeper around when they spent £71m to sign him in 2018. On the other side, they have dropped considerable amounts of money on both Christian Pulisic and Jorginho. Michy Batshuayi, N’Golo Kante and Willian didn’t come cheap either, so it should come as no surprise to see Chelsea on this list.
9. Atletico Madrid (€550m)
Atletico Madrid brought in Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix for a whopping €126m, which is over 20% of the cost of their entire team. They also spent heavily to bring in Mario Hermoso, Marcos Llorente, and Kieran Trippier as they look to push for the La Liga title. Those new signings joined the likes of Diego Costa and Thomas Lemar, so there’s plenty of quality at the Wanda Metropolitano.
10. Arsenal (€498m)
Arsenal has begun to flash the cash these days, spending a considerable €498m to assemble their current squad. Nicolas Pepe’s £72m arrival from LOSC Lille certainly helps boost those numbers. But the Gunners have still spent heavily to recruit the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Mesut Ozil. Granit Xhaka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both cost a pretty penny as well, and they all play their part in helping Arsenal crack the top ten.