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10 Most Expensive Squads In Football

10 Most Expensive Squads In Football

By Keegan Kruger - Sep 15, 2017 01:01 PM @KeeganKruger

Manchester United used to have the most expensive squad in football, but after the spending spree of one of their rivals in the latest window, they have seen themselves drop down the list – here are the 10 costliest squads in football right now.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the 10 most expensive squad’s in football, according to the CIES Football Observatory

According to research group CIES Football Observatory, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have taken the number one spot away from their arch-rivals, with a total spending of €853 million (R13.4 billion) on all the players in their current squad. The Citizen’s spent around €243 million (R3.82 billion) on their team this season alone.

Coming narrowly in second place are Ligue 1 giant’s Paris Saint-Germain, who see their transfer expenditure on the squad at just €3 million (R47 million) less than City. The French outfit have spent €850 million (R13.3 billion) on assembling their side, including the €222 million (R3.4 billion) they paid for Brazilian superstar Neymar as well as the €180 million (R2.83 billion) investment for Kylian Mbappé.

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have slipped down to third place with the overall spending on his squad being €784 million (R12.3 billion). The amount has only increased by €66 million (R1 billion) since last year, after United replaced the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney with Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic.

Premier League champions Chelsea are in fourth place with a squad spending of €644 million (R10.1 billion ), while Spanish giants FC Barcelona make up the top five with their group costing them around €628 million (R9.8 billion).

Other teams who feature in CIES' top 10 are Real Madrid, Juventus, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs.

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Disclaimer: The ranking was posted by Swiss-based football statistics institute the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES).

Are you surprised by the standings in the list? Have your say in the comment’s section below. 


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