Which club spends the most on player wages? Almost everyone knows that the finger points towards PSG. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s total salary is not enough for many clubs in Europe! to spend in one season. The club has more stars. In total, PSG’s annual expenditure on player wages (last season) was £643m.
Before the start of the 2021-22 season, Messi, Sergio Ramos, Ashraf Hakimi, Donnarumma, Giorgio Wijnaldum were released by PSG. The salary of the Paris club has increased by 45 percent. Messi earned about 205.6 million pounds last season.
Sports analytics company ‘Football Benchmark’ today released the 7th edition of the European Champions Report. The organization themselves claimed that PSG‘s spending on player wages in the 2021–22 season was the highest in the history of club football.
This is exactly why PSG suffered financially in the 2021-22 season. According to Football Benchmark calculations, according to the latest financial accounts, the club has made a loss of around 326 million pounds.
PSG has left behind that spend figure at the expense of last season.
The British newspaper Mail Online predicted this financial loss of PSG in October last year. At that time, the media estimated the potential financial loss at 31.7 million pounds. According to Football Benchmark, the figure is even higher.
Last September, PSG was fined £56 million by UEFA for breaching the Financial Stability Policy (FFP). Of this, 9 million pounds have to be paid in full to UEFA. The remaining amount of the fine will be decided by the two parties in the future by following the financial coherence policy – reported the media.
Since PSG made a new history in the players’ remuneration last season, the question may naturally arise, which team’s spending history did PSG make a new history?
Barcelona. Yes, when Messi was at the Camp Nou in 2019, Barca spent £478m on player wages that season. PSG has left behind that figure at the expense of last season. Barca also hold the record for the third highest spending in this sector – Barca spent £466 million on player fees in 2018.
According to Football Benchmark, Barca have been in the top eight of the highest spending (on player wages) five times, and that too in the last five years!