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The Top 25 Highest Spending Clubs In The Last Decade

The Top 25 Highest Spending Clubs In The Last Decade

Manchester City have spent more money on transfers than anyone else in the last 10 years, spending over £1 billion on new players this decade.

Just before the turn of the decade Real Madrid broke the transfer record twice in a summer, spending £56 million on Kaka and then £80 million on Cristiano Ronaldo. In the 10 years since those fees have become almost commonplace and the record now stands at £198 million, for Neymar.

That means it's no surprise that over the last decade clubs have spent incredible amounts of money with oil rich City leading the way, in their first full decade of being one of football's elite clubs.

The top 25 spenders in this decade. Image: Transfermarkt
The top 25 spenders in this decade. Image: Transfermarkt
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Despite being top of the charts for most money spent City haven't come close to breaking the record for highest fee paid with their record being just £62.8 million to sign Rodri this summer.

The club have broken their record six times in the past 10 years though with Sergio Aguero beating the 2008 record of Robinho, before Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and finally Rodri took the record.

That spending has led to City dominating English football with four Premier League titles, two FA Cup wins and four League Cup wins, including an unprecedented domestic treble last season and reaching the 100 point mark in 2017/18.

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In Europe it's been a different matter and the club have only made it into the semi-finals of the Champions League on one occasion, also never winning the Europa League.

Real Madrid have dominated in the continent, becoming European champions on four occasions, including three in-a-row, and are only the seventh highest spenders.

Only three clubs in the top 25 managed to turn a profit in the last 10 years with Monaco, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla all managing their finances extremely well.

What's most impressive about the clubs is they've still been successful in that time, Monaco stopped PSG's dominance in France, and reached a Champions League semi-final, Dortmund did the same in Germany with two title wins against Bayern Munich, and lost to their rivals in the European final, and Sevilla won the Europa League three times.

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Monaco are the highest of those three in terms of net spend, sitting in 11th on that table, with Benfica top, having made £626 million this decade:

The clubs with the best net spend. Image: Transfermarkt.
The clubs with the best net spend. Image: Transfermarkt.

With another 10 years of transfer fees rising to come who will be next decade's top spenders and will anyone break Neymar's record?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Chelsea, Manchester United, World Football, Barcelona, Serie A, Transfer stories, Ligue 1, PSG, Atletico Madrid, Premier League, Juventus, Transfer news, Real Madrid, La Liga, Transfer reports, Inter, Bundesliga, European Football

Ryan Sidle

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