Parma Football Club are in danger of becoming extinct due to financial debts and failure to keep the club running, but today it has been reported by Metro that they currently have a staggering 226 players registered on their books.
The Italian club are sitting bottom of the Serie A table after winning just three of their 23 games, drawing two and losing the other 18.
Not only is their league form terrible, their financial situation off the pitch is even worse and it was reported the other day that the club are facing extinction as they cannot afford to operate.
The club had to postpone their league match with Udinese the other day, resulting in a 3-0 loss, because they couldn't afford stewards to help control the fans during the match.
Parma are two-times UEFA cup winners and have a rich history, with several top-names previously playing for them, but currently they are sitting with debts of around £144 million and are close to shutting down.
According to some reports, the Italian side cannot even afford warm water for showers after training and due to their financial problems, they could actually be sent to the amateur leagues if they fail to complete the rest of the season.
So, with the debt mounting up and the issues rising for Parma, it's come as a shock that it's been revealed they currently have 226 players on their books.
As of February, Parma have 26 players in their first-team squad, which is considered a normal amount, however, they have a whole host of players loaned out and also half-owned players.
Parma currently have 70 players out on loan. Whether they are paying their wages or not is unknown as they may have agreed in the loan deals that the other clubs cover the wages, but there are still 70 players in their books currently away from the club.
The club then have 18 co-owned players, which are players owned by separate clubs. They then have 21 other players that are currently under contract at the club.
According to reports, none of these players have received a pay-cheque so far this season and they don't look like they will be paid in the upcoming weeks either with problems mounting on and off the field.
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