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  • Writer's pictureSebastian Friedrich

Salary expenditure of the football clubs in the top 5 leagues 2022/23 (top 50)

Professional football is a huge industry that generates billions of euros in revenue every year. One of the biggest costs for clubs is the wage bill for players and coaches. In the 2020/21 season, some clubs have again spent enormous sums on the salaries of their teams.


With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the 50 football clubs that have had the highest payroll spend this season. The list shows which clubs are willing to invest big bucks in their teams and which clubs are able to sign the best players and coaches.

  1. FC Barcelona - 525 million euros

  2. Real Madrid - €473m

  3. Manchester City - €401m

  4. Paris Saint Germain - 334 million euros

  5. Manchester United - 293 million euros

  6. Juventus - €284m

  7. Liverpool - €281m

  8. Chelsea - €276m

  9. FC Bayern Munich - 264 million euros

  10. Atlético Madrid - 229 million euros

  11. Tottenham Hotspur - €225m

  12. Arsenal - 223 million euros

  13. FC Internazionale Milano - 211 million euros

  14. Borussia Dortmund - 208 million euros

  15. AC Milan - 202 million euros

  16. Everton FC - 190 million euros

  17. Leicester City - €188m

  18. SSC Napoli - €179m

  19. AS Roma - €176m

  20. Southampton FC - 175 million euros

  21. West Ham United - €173m

  22. Olympique Marseille - €169m

  23. Wolverhampton Wanderers - €165m

  24. Crystal Palace - 160 million euros

  25. Sevilla FC - 159 million euros

  26. Aston Villa - 157 million euros

  27. FC Porto - 155 million euros

  28. FC Schalke 04 - 153 million euros

  29. Valencia FC - 151 million euros

  30. Villarreal - €150m

  31. Zenit St. Petersburg - 148 million euros

  32. Stade Rennes - 144 million euros

  33. Olympique Lyon - €142m

  34. FC Zenit - 140 million euros

  35. Lazio FC - 138 million euros

  36. Olympiacos Piraeus - €134 million

  37. Torino - 133 million euros

  38. Betis Sevilla - €132m

  39. Eintracht Frankfurt - 131 million euros

  40. Burnley FC - €130m

  41. Girondins Bordeaux - €129m

  42. FC Genoa 1893 - 127 million euros

  43. Watford FC - €126m

  44. Leeds United - €125m

  45. OGC Nice - 124 million euros

  46. Real Betis - €121m

  47. Fulham FC - €118m

  48. Real Sociedad - 117 million euros

  49. Celta de Vigo - 114 million euros

  50. Espanyol Barcelona - €113m

In summary, wage spending in professional football remains huge and accounts for a large proportion of club spending. The list of the 50 clubs with the highest salary expenditure shows that it is mainly the big clubs like FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid or Manchester City that are willing to invest large sums in their teams. But clubs like Leicester City or Wolverhampton Wanderers, which have limited financial resources compared to the big clubs, also invest a lot in their teams. Overall, the list highlights how important it is for clubs to be able to offer competitive salaries in order to attract the best players and coaches and be successful over the long term.


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