With €858m valuation, Atletico Madrid squad worth more than Real Madrid
Real Madrid may still bring in much more revenue than Atletico Madrid, but Diego Simeone’s €858m squad for the 2018/19 season has a higher market value than Julen Lopetegui’s €775.7m squad.
Looking back over the past nine seasons, Atletico have come a long way since 2010/11 when Quique Sanchez Flores’ squad was worth 205.8 million euros, compared to the 487m euros value of Jose Mourinho’s side.
Even as recently as the 2015/16 season, when the two Madrid teams met in the Champions League final, Real Madrid’s squad was worth much more, 761.6m euros vs 325.2m euros. But things have started to change.
Atletico have brought through valuable youth players, while they’ve also seen Antoine Griezmann become more and more of a hot property and have signed ready-made talents like Thomas Lemar or Diego Costa.
At the same time, Real Madrid have lost their main asset Cristiano Ronaldo, which means that this year the Rojiblanco squad is worth €858m compared to the €775.7m of Los Blancos’.
The whole progression in squad market value is seen in the top row of graphic above, as is the club income per season – in the middle row – and the ratio of squad value to income – in the bottom row. For this study, Transfermarkt was used as the source for transfer market values of 22-man squads and the Deloitte Football Money League report was used to determine income, with constant prices – anchored to June 2018 – used. As for the income data for 2018/19, this information is not yet published so values are based on a projection.
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