Manchester United overcome Real Madrid with the most expensive squad in the...

Manchester United overcome Real Madrid with the most expensive squad in the world


The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) have published a report about the most expensive squads in the world. Manchester United have overcame Real Madrid in the table and the Red Devils have now the most expensive players in the world after a busy summer.

With the acquisitions of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly or Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United own the most expensive squad in the world with a value of $800M. Despite this big amount of money spent, the results are not satisfactory for Mourinho’s side so far, and the team is failing to follow Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side is third in this table with a value of $680M. Claudio Bravo, İlkay Gündoğan, John Stones y Leroy Sané signing might be responsible for this situation.

Real Madrid are now second in this table. This summer the team only signed Álvaro Morata from Juventus and brought back Marco Asensio after a year on loan. However, no stars were sold and James Rodríguez or Isco finally stayed in the club. The squad value is $706M, according to CIES. Last year, Real Madrid were top of the list although Florentino Pérez has been very quite in the last transfer windows.

Los Blancos value is slightly higher than big rivals FC Barcelona, whose squad value is $540M despite spending a lot of money this summer in the signings of Paco Alcácer, Umtiti, Lucas Digne or André Gomes. No other Spanish football team is in the list, not even Atlético de Madrid.

List of most expensive squads:

1. Manchester United – $800M
2. Real Madrid – $706M
3. Manchester City – $680M
4. Barcelona – $540M
5. Chelsea – $536M
6. Paris Saint Germain – $507M
7. Juventus – $440M
8. Arsenal – $424M
9. Bayern Münich – $397M
10. Liverpool – $396M


  1. The cost of the squad and value of the squad are two different things. United have the costliest squad. Madrid and Barcelona both have much more valuable squads.