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Chelsea and Barça squad worth €818.7m

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A German research company have calculated that Chelsea and Barcelona currently are the two most expensive teams in world club football.

Transfermarkt, which specialise in studying the global transfer market in football, have analysed the big clubs across Europe to ascertain how much their entire squad will cost, based solely on player valuations in the current transfer climate and not on buy-out clauses or any other factors.

Roman Abramovich's Chelsea appears first on the list with an absolute value of €410.2 million thanks largely to the likes of Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and John Terry.

Then, in second position, is Barcelona, whose men is valued at €408.5 million thanks to very high prices for Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Daniel Alves and Thierry Henry.

English and Spanish clubs continue to dominate as Manchester United and Real Madrid follow closely while AC Milan are the first representative from Italy, rounding up the top five with a value of €330 million, with their most expensive player is Kaká. Their bitter city rivals, Inter Milan, have a valuation of €316 million.

However, in terms of the estimated value to squad size ratio, Barcelona would head the list as they only have 24 players in their ranks. In comparison, Real have 28, one more than Chelsea and three less than the Milan.

This gives a relevant fact as the Catalans would fetch an average price of €17 million for each player while Chelsea would only get €15 million per player. Real’s average is €14 million and United is €13 million, while Inter and Milan bring up the rear with just €11 million and €10 million respectively.

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