Barca are best at adding millions to their players’ price tags… but which Premier League club makes most of their assets?

June 9, 2013 5:17 pm 0 comments Views: 129

Arsenal are the most successful club in the Premier League at increasing the value of players on their books.

Analysts at the Football Observatory research centre in Switzerland have produced a new economic model, based on ‘hard’ criteria such as achievement, age, contract length, international experience and official historic transfer fees, to put an objective price tag on every player in Europe’s ‘Big 5’ leagues.

They have then calculated the difference between what each club spent on fees to assemble the squads who played in the 2012-13 season and what those squads are now objectively worth.


Top of the list: Arsenal are the best in the Premier League at increasing a player’s value

Arsenal’s squad was put together by Arsene Wenger for £168million but is worth £269m, indicating Arsenal have improved the players collectively to the tune of £101m.

Manchester United’s squad (at the cut-off date of May 31, 2013) was worth the most in England at £359m — £67m more than Sir Alex Ferguson spent to assemble it.

The squads at Chelsea (£344m) and Manchester City (£333m) are worth less than their owners paid.

The most valuable squads belong to Barcelona (£560m, or a remarkable £365m more than it cost to assemble) and Real Madrid (£425m, worth just less than Real paid). 

The most valuable player in the world is Lionel Messi at an astonishing £185m.

Best of the best: Barcelona add the most value of any team in EuropeBest of the best: Barcelona add the most value of any team in Europe

Value of  Europe’s most expensive XI

GK: David De Gea (Manchester United)  £22.19m

RB: Philipp Lahm (Bayern)  £17.68m

CB: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)  £35.19m

CB: Gerard Pique (Barcelona)  £29.07m

LB: Jordi Alba (Barcelona)  £21.59m

RM: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)  £47.18m

CM: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)  £33.07m

LM: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)   £36.98m

RF Edinson Cavani (Napoli)  £49.56m

CF: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)  £184.79m

LF: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)  £86.87m

TOTAL £564.15m

Almost priceless: Lionel Messi is the most expensive player in Europe, valued at £184.79 millionAlmost priceless: Lionel Messi is the most expensive player in Europe, valued at £184.79 million

Selected squad values (in £millions)

Teams Country Fees paid to assemble Value now Difference
Barcelona Spain 194.44 560.01 +365.57
Borussia Dortmund Germany 51.43 199.26 +147.84
Bayern Munich Germany 194.06 314.34 +120.28
Arsenal England 167.66 268.87 +101.21
Juventus Italy 152.92 239.83 +86.92
Milan Italy 96.31 179.29 +82.98
Tottenham England 151.39 226.24 +74.85
Manchester United England 291.72 358.79 +67.07
Atletico Madrid Spain 94.39 156.29 +61.89
Real Madrid Spain 431.21 425.48 -5.72
Liverpool England 225.85 211.73 -14.12
Chelsea England 369.75 344.20 -25.55
Inter Milan Italy 173.91 130.86 -43.05
Manchester City England 375.74 332.56 -43.18
PSG France 246.93 203.70 -43.23

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