The biggest mystery of the summer transfer window is how Barcelona continue to make signings despite their seemingly precarious financial situation.
So far, the club have signed Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie on a free transfer while they’ve paid big money for Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha – spending around £140 million in total.
That’s without an income of just £23.4 million through player sales – Philippe Coutinho making up the majority of that.
That’s all despite reportedly having been in around €1.173billion (£983m) of debt.
In order to survive, Barca have pulled several ‘financial levers’ this summer.
They’ve sold much of their domestic television rights while they’re also selling half of their licensing and merchandising division.
It seems as though it’s a short-term fix to a long-term problem.
One of the main reasons why Barca have found themselves in this financial mess is the crazy wages they’ve been paying players. The Spanish club have even had to ask players to defer their wages or take permanent wage cuts.
But now, an updated list of Barcelona’s crazy wages has emerged on the internet. Using data from Capology, the list shows the total gross wage of the top 20 players at the club.
And ‘gross’ is a pretty accurate word to describe it.
The list includes deferred wages and includes taxes – with Spanish players having to pay around half of their income in tax.
Check out the list below (we’ve converted it to pounds below):
Barcelona’s crazy wages ahead of the 2022/23 season
- Frenkie de Jong – €560,962 per week (£470,156 per week)
- Sergio Busquets – €423,077 per week (£354,591 per week)
- Jordi Alba – €400,577 per week (£335,733 per week)
- Robert Lewandowski – €360,577 per week (£302,208 per week)
- Miralem Pjanic – €300,385 per week (£251,760 per week)
- Ansu Fati – €268,269 per week (£224,842 per week)
- Ousmane Dembele – €264,423 per week (£221,619 per week)
- Franck Kessie – €260,385 per week (£218,235 per week)
- Raphinha – €240,385 per week (£201,472 per week)
- Jules Kounde – €240,385 per week (£201,472 per week)
- Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – €220,385 per week (£184,710 per week)
- Gerard Pique – €200,385 per week (£167,947 per week)
- Andreas Christensen – €200,385 per week (£167,947 per week)
- Memphis Depay – €200,385 per week (£167,947 per week)
- Pedri – €180,385 per week (£151,185 per week)
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen – €173,077 per week (£145,060 per week)
- Ronald Araujo – €134,615 per week (£112,824 per week)
- Ferran Torres – €120,192 per week (£100,735 per week)
- Samuel Umtiti – €120,192 per week (£100,735 per week)
- Neto – €115,385 per week (£96,707 per week)
We weren’t lying when we said they were crazy, were we?
The player at the top of the list is certainly an interesting one.
De Jong has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou all summer but remains a Barcelona player. It’s no wonder he’s a little reluctant to leave while he’s being paid €560,962 per week (£470,156 per week) while he’s reportedly already owed €17m (£14m) in deferred wages.
And it’s no wonder the club would rather offload him this summer considering his salary. De Jong currently has four years left on his contract meaning, if he remains for the remainder of his current deal, he’ll cost the club €116,680,000 (£97,792,425) in wages alone.
Joan Laporta on Barcelona’s financial situation
Recently, Barca president, Joan Laporta, spoke honestly about the financial situation at the club, admitting they were in a ‘critical state.’
“At the moment, we have a positive net worth – in about a month, we have earned close to €650m [£552m],” the president said in an interview with ESPN Spain.
“We’ve had to move fast. The TV rights were sold, 25 per cent of them, and that has added important revenue. The club is on path to being sound; financially the club is better with the money that’s come in, and we’ve been able to pay back €100m of the credit we had through Goldman Sachs.
“What’s more, it needs to be said, the club is back to being sound economically, but we have to work harder to increase our earnings, not from selling shares but not by profiting through them.
“Barca was in a critical state, at the point of folding, and we had to act fast. we had to manage the chaos as it should be managed, and that is skilfully. We had to make decisions.
“We were given a club that was on the verge of folding, and now it has not only overcome this stage but is back in a financial position where it can face any challenge in front of it.
“Mind you, we have to work harder to increase our earnings.”