The 10 Most Expensive Squads in European Football

Whether one likes it or not, spending huge sums on players during the transfer windows has been an integral part of modern football, especially in Europe. Clubs are now involved in multi-million pound businesses with each other. Before we begin with our chart, lets take a look at the 10 richest football clubs, so that one can distinguish between the European football's richest clubs and squads.

  • 1. Real Madrid - $3.3 billion
  • 2. Manchester United - $3.18 billion
  • 3. Barcelona - $2.6 billion
  • 4. Arsenal - $1.33 billion
  • 5. Bayern Munich - $1.31 billion
  • 6. AC Milan - $945 million
  • 7. Chelsea - $901 million
  • 8. Juventus - $694 million
  • 9. Manchester City - $689 million
  • 10. Liverpool - $651 million

In recent years, teams such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have been purchased by conglomerates from the Middle-East, and the squads they assembled cost enough to make anyone's eyes water. Real Madrid always spend big money during transfer windows every year, but they were quiet this January. Manchester United, the team that no longer looked like such a big player magnet during the summer transfers last year, signed Juan Mata from Chelsea this January to bolster their squad. Teams like Monaco, Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur were also involved in this seasons big transfer fees, and it's interesting to see whether these clubs can put themselves through their paces with Europe's traditional big clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Some squads valued over £200 million who couldn't make it into our list are:

  • Liverpool - £250 million
  • Tottenham Hotspur - £245 million
  • Atletico Madrid - £240 million
  • Napoli - £225 million
  • Inter Milan - £205 million
  • AC Milan - £200 million

Without further ado, here are the 10 most expensive squads in European Football in 2014.

10 Borussia Dortmund - Squad Value: £285 million ($474.41 million)

Borussia Dortmund is one of the new shining stars in European football. After winning the Bundesliga in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons, they finished runners-up in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League in 2012/13. To date the club has won 8 Bundesliga titles, 3 German Cups and 1 UEFA Champions League title. Dortmund's 27-man squad, with an average age of 25, boasts 10 foreign players in the 2013/14 season. This squad, valued at £285 million is currently the tenth most expensive in Europe. Dortmund's top 5 players with the highest market value tags are:

    • Robert Lewandowski - £44 million
    • Marco Reus - £35 million
    • İlkay Gündoğan - £24 million
    • Mats Hummels - £23 million
    • Henrikh Mkhitaryan - £23 million

    9 Juventus - Squad Value: £305 million ($507.70 million)

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    Juventus is one of the most successful football clubs in Italy and Europe as well. It has won 29 Serie A, 9 Coppa Italia and 2 UEFA Champions League titles. Its 24-man squad in the 2013/14 season, with an average age of 29, includes 10 foreign players. The squad's current market value is £305 million. The top 5 players in the squad with the highest market value tags include:

    • Arturo Vidal - £38.5 million
    • Paul Pogba - £30 million
    • Claudio Marchisio - £24.5 million
    • Giorgio Chiellini - £21 million
    • Carlos Tevez - £19.5 million

    8 Arsenal - Squad Value: £325 million ($541 million)

    Arsenal is one of the most successful clubs in English football with 13 Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups. Although it hasn't been a highlight in European football so far, the club's signing back in the summer, prior to the beginning of this season, was a major highlight around the footballing world. Arsenal had then signed Mesut Özil from Real Madrid for £42.5 million. The club currently has a 27-man squad this season, out of which 22 are foreign players. Arsenal's squad is valued at £325 million. The top 5 Gunners in the squad with the highest market value tags are:

    • Mesut Özil - £44 million
    • Jack Wilshere - £29 million
    • Santi Carzola - £26.5 million
    • Theo Walcott - £24.5 million
    • Lukas Podolski - £20 million

    7 Paris Saint-Germain - Squad Value: £325 million ($541 million)

    Paris Saint-Germain, three-time Ligue 1 winners, have been owned by the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) since 2011. Today, it is the richest club in France and one of the richest clubs in the world. The club's owners have splashed massive sums of money during the transfer sessions to buy players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edison Cavani, Thiago Silva and many more. PSG's 24-man squad includes 13 foreign players, and the squad's average age is 26 years. The squad is valued at over £325 million. Top players in the squad with the market value tags over £20 million are:

    • Edison Cavani - £53 million
    • Thiago Silva - £35 million
    • Lucas - £29 million
    • Zlatan Ibrahimovic - £24.5 million
    • Marquinhos - £22 million

    6 Manchester United - Squad Value: £335 million ($557.64 million)

    Manchester United, valued at $3.18 billion, is the second richest football club in the world. It has to date won 20 Premier League titles, 11 FA Cups and 3 UEFA Champions League titles. The Red Devils' current 26-man squad, with an average age of 27, includes 17 foreign players. After the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea in this year's January Transfer Window, United's squad is currently valued at £335 million. Top players in the squad with the market value tags of £20 million or over are:

    • Wayne Rooney - £39.5 million
    • Juan Mata - £35 million
    • Robin Van Persie - £35 million
    • Marouane Fellaini - £20 million

    5 Chelsea - Squad Value: £340 million ($565.96 million)

    Chelsea is valued at $901 million. The club has won 4 Premier League titles, 7 FA Cups and 1 UEFA Champions League title. The Blues sold Juan Mata to Manchester United for £37.1 million this January, and bought players, mostly notably Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic. Chelsea's current 23-man squad, valued at £340 million, includes 19 foreign players. Top 5 players in the squad with the highest market value tags include:

    • Eden Hazard - £39.5 million
    • Oscar - £30 million
    • Ramires - £26.5 million
    • Willian - £26.5 million
    • David Luiz - £23 million

    4 Manchester City - Squad Value: £395 million ($657.52 million)

    It seems the football club Manchester City, valued at $689 million, has had money burning a hole in their pocket in recent years. The club is owned by the Abu Dhabi-based Abu Dhabi United Group Investment and Development Limited, and the ownership has seen the club buy many expensive players in the transfer sessions in recent years. City's current 24-man squad, with an average age of 27, is valued at £395 million, and it includes 18 foreign players. The club's top 5 players with the highest market value tags are:

    • Sergio Agüero - £39.5 million
    • David Silva - £35 million
    • Vincent Kompany - £31 million
    • Fernandinho - £28 million
    • Yaya Toure - £26.5 million

    3 Bayern Munich - Squad Value: £460 million ($765.72 million)

    Bayern Munich is one of the most decorated clubs in European football with 48 major trophies. It has won 23 Bundesliga titles, 16 German Cups, 5 UEFA Champions League titles, 1 UEFA Cup and 1 UEFA Super Cup. It is one of the richest football clubs in the world valued at $1.31 billion. Bayern's current 27-man squad includes 13 foreign players. The club's major signing for this season came last summer, when they bought Mario Götze and Thiago Alcântara. Bayern's sqaud is valued at £460 million, making it the 3rd most expensive squad in Europe. Top players in the squad with market value tags over £30 million are:

    • Mario Götze - £48.5 million
    • Thomas Müller - £39.5 million
    • Franck Ribéry - £37 million
    • Toni Kroos - £35 million
    • Bastian Schweinsteiger- £35 million
    • Javi Martinez - £32.5 million
    • Manuel Neuer - £31 million

    2 Real Madrid - Squad Value: £505 million ($840.62 million)

    Real Madrid is the most prestigious club in Europe with 32 La Liga and 9 UEFA Champions League titles. It is the richest football club in the world, valued at $3.3 billion. It was under Florentino Pérez's first presidency in 2000 that Real Madrid started its ambition of bringing in the best footballers around the world to the club. For the past several years, Madrid's squad has consistently been one of the most expensive squads in Europe and the world. Los Blancos' current squad includes 23 players with an average age of 26 years. The squad includes 11 foreign players and is valued at £505 million. Top players in the squad with market value tags of £30 million or over include:

    • Cristiano Ronaldo - £88 million
    • Gareth Bale - £70.5 million
    • Sergio Ramos - £35 million
    • Luka Modric - £35 million
    • Isco - £31 million
    • Karim Benzema - £30 million

    1 Barcelona - £520 million ($865.59 million)

    FC Barcelona has arguably been the best football club in the world over the last five or six years. It is one of the most supported teams around the globe, and has the largest fan base among all sports teams on all major social networks. The club has won 22 La Liga, 26 Copa del Rey and 4 UEFA Champions League titles. Barcelona's current squad has 25 players, including 9 foreign players. It is currently the most expensive football squad in Europe and the world, valued at £520 million. Top players in the squad with market value tags over £30 million are:

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