Ajax may have a richer history and greater European pedigree than Wednesday's opponents Manchester City, but the Dutch giants have a squad assembled on a shoe-string budget when compared to the Premier League champions.

When the two sides met at the Amsterdam Arena in the Champions League, Ajax had a starting XI acquired for the cost of just £3.5 million, compared to £175.1 million spent to on the Manchester City side that began the game.

Ajax, though, ran out winners against Roberto Mancini's men, with the Dutch champions roaring to a 3-1 victory to leave City bottom of Group D.

The costs for Ajax have been so low given their unerring ability to bring young talent through their esteemed academy and, realistically, their squad is worth far greater than the money it cost to build it.

Frank de Boer's squad actually has a market value of £76 million and, although it remains far less than the value of City's squad, it is still a significant amount of money.

City can boast a squad valued on the market in excess of £350 million but, despite the outlay to create a team capable of glory at home and abroad, Mancini's men are still some way behind the priciest squads in the Champions League.

Barcelona - £575 million

It is no great surprise that Barcelona possess the most highly-valued squad in the Champions League given that the Catalan club have Lionel Messi in their midst.

The Argentina international alone is valued at £105 million while Andres Iniesta, who was named Player of the Tournament as Spain won Euro 2012, has the next highest valuation with £61.5 million.

Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas comes in at just shy of £50 million, while Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique is classed in the £35 million region.

 



 

Real Madrid - £530 million

Real Madrid are hardly playing like a team worth £530 million at the present time, following a defeat to Borussia Dortmund and a poor start to the defence of their Spanish title.

Cristiano Ronaldo takes up a sizeable chunk of the team's overall value at £88 million, while Sergio Ramos, Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric all have valuations of £35 million.

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas and Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain are the other two players in Jose Mourinho's squad to break the £30 million barrier.

Manchester City - £370 million

Given the exorbitant prices Manchester City have paid in recent years to create a team capable of success, not many players have increased drastically in value since move to the Etihad Stadium.

Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany are notable exceptions to this, with the City goalkeeper now valued in excess of £20 million, having been bought from Shrewsbury for less than £500,000.

Kompany, meanwhile, joined City from Hamburg £6 million and is now valued at £31 million, while David Silva has also enjoyed a rise from a £26 million purchase cost to a £44 million valuation.

Chelsea - £340 million

Fernando Torres has seen his value plummet since his record-breaking £50 million move from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011, having endured a relatively dry spell at Stamford Bridge.

Torres, however, is still valued at £31 million and is behind only compatriot Juan Mata and summer acquisition Eden Hazard in terms of market price in the Chelsea squad.

Veteran midfielder Frank Lampard would now be worth only £4.8 million, were he to be sold, given that the Chelsea legend is in the final year of his contract with the club.

 



 

Manchester United - £315 million

Sir Alex Ferguson can consider the £24 million deal that brought last season's Premier League top goalscorer Robin van Persie from Arsenal a good piece of business, given the way the Dutchman has continued his fine form with Manchester United.

Now tied down to a long-term deal at Old Trafford, and with another eight goals under his belt, Van Persie now has a value on the market of £38 million, having been a United player for just two months.

Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, is the most highly valued player in the Manchester United squad, with a price tag of £57 million.

Arsenal - £250 million

Arsene Wenger will always draw criticism for his failure to spend big in the transfer market, but must be admired for his ability to turn young players into highly-valued stars.

Chief among those in the current Arsenal team is Jack Wilshere who, despite 18 months out of competitive Gunners action, still has a market value of £19.5 million.

Summer acquisitions Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have the next highest values - each at £17.5 million - while captain Thomas Vermaelen has a market price of £16.5 million.

All of these valuations come with thanks to the excellent Transfermarkt

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