It irks to think that Ronaldo and Bale have jointly cost Real Madrid a figure close enough to buy the entire Barcelona squad. It really irks.
La Liga is a two-horse race between Real Madrid and Barcelona. We all know that. The mode of operation of both the clubs are completely different. We also know that. Real Madrid is the world’s most glamorous club and are sitting cozy at the pinnacle of the money league table since times immemorial. Yes, we do know that too.
Making record transfers are just part of their business. Its the way of life at Spain’s royal football club. In the last five years, they have broken the world record transfer fees twice. Eclipsing figures one after the other, the situation has reached a stage, where the money spent on both Gareth Bale (current world record transfer holder) and Cristiano Ronaldo (erstwhile world record transfer holder) combined is nearly equivalent to the amount spent in order to assemble the entire Barcelona squad.
The total money invested on acquiring Ronaldo and Bale is 195 million Euros, which is only 25 million Euros less than the entire Blaugurana squad. The current squad of Real Madrid is worth 533.5 Million Euros, while in contrast, Barcelona have assembled their squad at 218.5 Million Euros, a figure that includes the high-profile transfer of Neymar this season. In other words, Madrid could have bought the entire Barcelona squad, simply going by that stat.
This summer alone, the capital club have spent 181 million for players like Carvajal, Casemiro, Isco, Illarramendi and Bale, although to be fair to them, they have managed to recoup around 100 Million through the sales of Albiol, Callejon, Ozil and Higuain.
In the last 10 years, Madrid have spent a sum total of 1100 Million Euros, whereas Barcelona in comparison have slightly crossed the 600 Million Euros mark while doing the same. Feel free to interpret this any way you feel, here…