Graph shows the net-spend-per-trophy of Europe’s biggest clubs over the last ten years

What a decade of football it has been.


We have seen dynasties emerge, dominate, and then crumble all within the space of ten years.

Some incredible players have stormed onto the scene, setting the world alight with their electric talent and exuberance.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo waged war in one of the most fierce ding-dong battles the game has ever known as fans pinned their colours to the mast and ruthlessly defended them.

However, one of the biggest changes of the decade has been the meteoric rise in the cost of players.


Transfer fees have sky rocketed, culminating in Neymar signing for Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering £200 million.

The biggest clubs in the world have gone absolutely mad, throwing cash about like monopoly money in their bid for world domination.

For some clubs though, the splashing of obscene amounts of cash simply hasn’t solved their problems and they are still struggling to find solutions.

Now, a graph put together by the folks at transfermarkt has begun doing the rounds showing the net-spend-per-trophy for each of Europe’s top 15 clubs and it makes for interesting reading.



Manchester United just pip Arsenal to top the charts, spending an incredible €126 million for each of the six trophies they have won this decade.

Manchester City, having spent outlandish amounts of money improving their squad, can claim to have had quite a good return, dishing out just €119 million per trophy won.

Liverpool slot in just behind them with a figure of €100 million per trophy – a number that could be significantly reduced by the end of this season



Further down the graph is Chelsea who have spent just €45 million per trophy while the likes of Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund, Benfica and Porto have all made money in their pursuit of silverware.

PSG’s figure is obviously slightly warped due to their dominance of French football of late yet they are still the fifth highest spenders – in this context – on the continent.

Manchester United fans will perhaps be the most alarmed though, as their track record of spending big with little return continues.

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