With seven First Division titles and five Champions League titles, the Real Madrid It has been the most successful club of the last 20 years, for this it was placed as one of the three UEFA teams that invested the most in transfers in the same period: 2.501 million dollars according to Transfermarkt. With half of this expense, the Bayern Munich he got 15 league titles and three Champions League titles.
The domain of Real Madrid and the Barcelona transcends beyond the last 20 years, but in that period they have released the league title on only three occasions, at a cost of 2,501 million in transfers, ranking as the two Spanish clubs that spent the most in transfers during the current century.
However, these investments are taking their toll, the Real Madrid It required saving on players, so it avoided acquiring new players in 2020-21, removing players and reducing salaries. On the other hand, Marca indicated in October 2021 that the FC Barcelona it carried a debt of 130 million for the purchase of footballers, which led them to get rid of Lionel Messi, one of its most important elements; Furthermore, the club has not won a Champions League title since the 2014-15 season.
The Bundesliga, where the Bayern Munich, has been characterized by a rigid financial control that the Bavarians have managed to manage to get the best out of it. According to information from Athletic Interest, the club has not had any losses since the 1980s, and with that philosophy in mind, it only acquires players that it can pay without getting into debt.
“(Bayern Munich) does not want to depend on a single player like Barcelona with Messi. An example was having denied the contract extension to David Alaba. Despite the fact that Alaba was a vital part of Bayern’s success, they were not willing to pay the salary that they demanded, ”explained the media, in addition to the importance it gives to the development of its academies.
From the 2000-01 season to the present, the Chelsea and the Manchester City They were the European teams that made the most spending on player transfers: 2,728 and 2,614 respectively. Their investment has allowed them to dominate the Premier League by splitting 10 of the last 20 championships (five per team). In turn, Chelsea has been crowned twice in the Champions League (2011-12 and 2020-21), while City has failed in this task despite being one of the most economically powerful teams.
Hoping to pick up their first long-eared side, Pep Guardiola’s side snapped up midfielder Jack Grealish in the summer window for $ 133 million, making him the most expensive signing of 2020-21. Last season, the Citizens reached the semifinals of the Champions League, the maximum advance they have had in the continental tournament.
Despite having made a less resounding investment, the Tottenham Hotspur It is the team in Europe that has least made worth its millions. Despite spending more than $ 1.5 billion on transfers (the 12th largest spending club in Europe), in the past 20 years, with the exception of the FA Cup trophy in 2008, they have not lifted any other title in the current century. Their last league championship was in the 1960–61 season.
The Paris Saint-Germain they are the only French team to be listed among the 15 teams that have made the most spending on transfers in the last 2 decades. Parisians are eighth on the list and have been the protagonists of the most expensive signings in five of the last 22 seasons in European football, including those of Neymar and Mbappé, the most expensive in football history. Despite the expense, PSG is still in the pursuit of its first Champions League title.