Barcelona Are The Biggest Spenders On Wages Left In The Champions League
Barcelona have by far and away the biggest wage bill of all the eight teams left in the Champions League quarter finals, even dwarfing their opponents Manchester United into second place.
They say that football can't buy you happiness, although I'd love to try that theory out by winning the £67 million + that tonight's Euromillions guarantees after a few rollovers, and it doesn't necessarily buy you success on the football pitch either.
Of course it helps to have a lot of money to spend on the world's best players but there's also plenty of examples to prove that spending a lot doesn't always equal success.
Manchester City and Liverpool have both spent a lot of money to reach a Premier League title race but behind them Chelsea and Manchester United have spent plenty and not come close.
In fact when it comes to spending money on players United are actually ahead of their rivals when it comes to wages, what's more is only Barcelona are ahead of them when looking at the remaining teams in the Champions League.
The quarter finals start on Tuesday and Ernesto Valverde's side are above United by £135 million and top last place Ajax by nearly £400 million when it comes to wages, according to Give Me Sport:
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According to reports £500,000 a week of Barca's ridiculous figure, which works out at £26 million a year, goes to Lionel Messi although he's worth every penny to Valverde's side.
At Old Trafford Paul Pogba earns over £15 million a year and Alexis Sanchez is taking home £24 million a year, which is nearly half what Ajax pay their whole staff.
The top two sides when it comes to paying wages meet on Wednesday in the quarter finals, with a tie against either Liverpool or Porto in the semi finals up for grabs.
United are second favourites to get through but that was also the case in the last round when they face PSG and were 2-0 down from the first leg at Old Trafford.
It remains to be seen whether spending big will work for Barca in the Champions League this season or if Liverpool, who spend more on wages than City, will win the Premier League.
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