Real Madrid and Barcelona on different spending levels
Real Madrid remains for the second consecutive year as the team with the highest salary cap (€739.16 million) and they have demonstrated their economic muscle by increasing it by almost 270 million compared to the previous season. LaLiga president Javier Tebas has, on numerous occasions, praised the financial management of Los Blancos and has even stated that the capital club has the capacity to make blockbuster signings in Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland at the same time. Barcelona, on the other hand, have seen their much-documented economic issues push them well down on where they have been for many years, battling it out with their Madrid rivals.
The Catalan club has been listed as seventh in LaLiga in terms of allocating money to the squad at €97.94 million, which is €284.77 million less than last season. Between the two giants sit Sevilla (€200.39m), Atlético Madrid (€171.60m), Villarreal (€159.29m), Real Sociedad (€127.70m) and Athletic Club (€111.81m). The fall of the blaugrana is so remarkable that Madrid has seven times their spending limit.
Of the 20 teams that make up the Primera División, seven (Atlético, Athletic, Barcelona, Betis, Granada, Levante and Valencia) have a lower cap this year when compared to last. Valencia, for all their success, are the lowest ranked, on just €30.98 million. Levante (€32.10m), Elche (€41.52m) and Rayo (€41.82m) follow at the lower levels.