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The Highest Spending Clubs Of The 21st Century Have Been Revealed

James Hilsum

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The Highest Spending Clubs Of The 21st Century Have Been Revealed

The highest spending clubs of the 21st century have been revealed, and includes some crazy sums of money exchanged between Europe's top clubs.


There is a real blast from the past when looking at some of the big spenders at the start of this infographic from transfermarkt, which includes the likes of Parma - who are currently in Serie B, and Deportivo La Coruna (now in the Spanish third tier), who both come into view in the first three years.

Aside from the usual English suspects of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, Leeds United are also included early on after a number of big acquisitions in their most recent early noughties heyday under David O'Leary.

PA: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak (left).
PA: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak (left).

Seeing Man City suddenly appear into view is one of the stand-out observations from this spending timeline, as the takeover led by Sheikh Mansour in September 2008 turned the club into a European powerhouse.

Meanwhile, it makes for some depressing viewing for Tottenham Hotspur fans who see their club come into view in 2007 before they disappear completely in 2017.

But the final standings are the main takeaway here, and it is Chelsea that sit top of the pile with a spend quoted at £2445million or £2.445 billion. Man City are second in the list with £2.332billion, while Real Madrid are third with £2.186billion.

Elsewhere, Man United are sixth (£2.025 billion) and Liverpool are ninth (£1.622billion), while AC Milan prop up the list in tenth (£1.486billion).

PA: Newcastle United could join the list in the years to come.
PA: Newcastle United could join the list in the years to come.

It will be fascinating to see how the list changes in the next ten years or so, as the spending power of football clubs continues to rise further.

Newcastle United under the new Saudi-led regime at St James' Park could suddenly come into view in light of their newly-found wealth. Watch this space.

Topics: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Serie A, Premier League, La Liga

James Hilsum
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