The economic superiority of English football over the main European leagues has gone ‘in crescendo’ in recent years to consolidate it as the owner and master of the market. The economic power of the Premier League, the queen category of British football, has been ratified this winter market with an unprecedented investment, in contrast to the economic ‘stop’ experienced by LaLiga, its main competitor in the race to be ‘the best league in the world.
The winter window closed this Tuesday a market dominated by the English Premier, whose record spending on transfers amounted to 830 million euros, as collected by the specialized data portal Transfermarkt. It is followed by far by Ligue 1 (France) with an expense of 131 million and the Bundesliga (Germany) with a disbursement of 68 million. The list continues with leagues like the United States and Argentina above the Spanish, which is sixth in the ranking of expenses with a weak accumulated investment of 32 million, 60% less than that made last season.
A ‘low cost’ winter in LaLiga
In general terms, the Spanish teams have chosen to save. The clubs with the greatest economic capacity such as Real Madrid and Barcelona have remained in the shadows in this market, and this has been reflected in the cumulative disbursement of the 20 teams that make up the category, whose average investment is estimated at 1.5 million per entity with a total of 53 registrations. This shows a huge difference with English clubs, whose average spending rises to 41.5 million per team in 92 transfers.
Spanish football offices have experienced a ‘low cost’ winter, where player transfers and cheap reinforcements have been the dominant tone of operations limited, to a certain extent, by LaLiga’s financial ‘fair-play’. The current regulation and the strict balance of the salary cap make it difficult for Spanish clubs to prepare their squads.
This is a disadvantage compared to other European leagues that have less restrictive regulations and a more liberalized system for signing, as is the case in the Premier. See the case of London Chelsea, whose investment this winter (330 million), exceeds that of the four remaining major European leagues together (255 million).
The English league distances itself from the rest
The English competition has a distribution of wealth and television rights among its teams that is much more equipped than the rest of the leagues. And this, added to other factors such as the financial support that clubs recently promoted to the category receive, provide a large number of English teams with a solid financial base.
This is revealed in the ‘Football Money League’ report published in January by Deloitte, which classifies the clubs with the highest income in the world. Here is a top-30 of the richest teams, where the Premier appears almost in its entirety with a representation of up to 16 teams, compared to the five corresponding to LaLiga.