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  • Writer's pictureSebastian Friedrich

Clubs with the best transfer balance since 1999

Transfers of players are an important part of the football business, as they often have significant financial impacts. While some clubs make high expenditures on player purchases, other clubs have a strategy of selling players and making profits.

This list presents the clubs that have achieved the best transfer balance since the 1999/2000 season by earning more money from selling players than they have spent on buying players.

  1. Benfica Lisbon - €678.58 million

  2. FC Porto - €649.29 million

  3. Ajax Amsterdam - €553.25 million

  4. LOSC Lille - €445.40 million

  5. Sporting Lisbon - €361.35 million

  6. Udinese Calcio - €354.27 million

  7. CA River Plate - €353.35 million

  8. Red Bull Salzburg - €315.24 million

  9. FC São Paulo - €306.34 million

  10. FC Santos - €296.31 million

  11. GNK Dinamo Zagreb - €285.90 million

  12. SC Internacional Porto Alegre - €275.46 million

  13. CA Boca Juniors - €246.43 million

  14. SC Braga - €245.26 million

  15. Grêmio Porto Alegre - €229.40 million

  16. EC Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte - €226.95 million

  17. PSV Eindhoven - €189.05 million

  18. AS Monaco - €186.56 million

  19. Fluminense Rio de Janeiro - €185.64 million

  20. RSC Anderlecht - €182.96 million

The transfer balance is an important indicator of the financial health of football clubs. The above-mentioned clubs have achieved the best transfer balance since the 1999/00 season, having earned more money from the sale of players than they have spent on player acquisitions. It is interesting to note that most of these clubs come from smaller leagues and have been successful in developing young talent and selling them for a profit. Some clubs, such as Benfica Lisbon and FC Porto, are also known for scouting and signing talented players from South America before they become big stars. This list highlights that it is possible to be successful without spending enormous amounts on player transfers, but instead by implementing a smart transfer policy.


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