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With the end of the La Liga won by Real Madrid and with Messi as the main scorer, we present you the relationship between the squads’ market value and the league standings as well as the impact on that valuation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The big winner in this analysis is, without a doubt, Granada CF having reached the 7th position in the championship presenting the squad with the lowest market value (22 million Euros on 07/2019 and 52 million on 07/2020). Carlos Fernández, Darwin Machis, Antonio Puertas, and Roberto Soldado contributed a lot to this achievement, scoring 31 of the team’s 52 goals but also the good performances of Yangel Herrera and Victor Díaz. We recall that Granada CF, in the present season, also presented only the 5th lowest average salary per player in the competition, as we previously presented here.

CA Osasuna also stood out, reaching the 10th position in the championship with the 3rd least valued squad at the start of the competition and the lowest average salary per player in La Liga. In the Pamplona club, Chimy Avila, Pervis Estupiñán, Rúben Garcia, and Roberto Torres stood out.

On the other hand, the big disappointment turned out to be RCD Espanyol, which, with a squad currently valued at around 130 million Euros and the 11th most valuable squad at the start of the season, was unable to abandon the last place in the Spanish league and will compete in the second division in 2020/2021.

Between the 1st of April and the 15th of June, the squads’ market values suffered an abrupt drop due to the pandemic, about 20%, being FC Barcelona the most harmed due to the devaluation of its players by about 200 million Euros. With the resumption of the championships, these values ​​have been slowly rising in some cases.

Market values corresponding to 7/15/2019 and 7/15/2020.

COVID-19 impact (difference between the values at 4/1/2020 and 6/15/2020).

Values in million of Euros.

Article originally published at www.totalfootballanalysis.com.

After analyzing the Serie A we move to the Spanish top-division La Liga.

First, we will look at each season between 2016/2017 and 2019/2020 (until matchday 30) to analyze which clubs achieved better results between these variables. Then, we will examine the 14 clubs that remained on La Liga during these seasons and how they performed compared with how much they paid on average per player.

2016/2017

In the edition of 2016/2017, Real Madrid won the competition presenting the 2nd highest annual average salary per player.

From a positive perspective, Alavés achieved the 9th position in the competition with only the 3rd lowest average salary amount per player. In the opposite perspective, Valencia was the case with less success finishing in the 12th place with the 4th highest average annual salary per player.

Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao presented the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the competition.

2017/2018

In the next season, Barcelona won the league with the highest annual average salary per player.

Getafe was the surprise achieving the 8th position in the league with only the 17th highest salary value. On the opposite side, Athletic Bilbao was the case with less success finishing in the 16th place with the 6th highest amount per player.

Barcelona and Valencia presented the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the competition.

2018/2019

In the last edition of the La Liga it was not different and Barcelona won once more the competition presenting the highest annual average salary per player.

From a positive perspective, Getafe achieved the 5th position in the competition with the 16th highest salary value. In the opposite perspective, Celta was the case with less success finishing in 17th place with the 8th highest average annual salaries per player.

Barcelona, Valencia, Real Betis and Huesca presented the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the championship.

2019/2020

With 30 matches played, Barcelona and Real Madrid are fighting once more for the championship with the highest annual average salaries per player.

On the positive side, Getafe is performing again incredibly well in the 5th position in the competition with the 14th highest salary amount per player. In the opposite perspective, Espanyol is, at the moment, the case with less success occupying the last place with the 11th highest average annual salaries per player.

Atlético Madrid and Mallorca have, so far, presented the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the league.

2016/2017 to 2019/2020 – Which club profits more from the players’ salaries

Finally, we analyzed the performance and salaries of the 14 clubs that took part in the La Liga between 2016/2017 and 2019/2020 (until matchday 30).

The giant Barcelona is the club with the highest average annual salary per player. Alavés is the club with more success when comparing sporting performance and salaries since, on average, it achieved the 12th place with only the 16th highest average amount per player.

KPMG Football Benchmark released last Thursday its 5th edition of the report on the enterprise value of clubs. Thus, due to the crisis caused by the pandemic of COVID-19, these values ​​will tend to fall due to the necessary market adjustments.

As in previous reports, Real Madrid and Manchester United occupy the first two places in the ranking followed by Barcelona, ​​who came to occupy the third position that belonged to Bayern Munchen, a club that in 27 years has never presented negative financial results.

Another surprise of this edition is the lack of Serie A clubs in the Top-10 since Juventus dropped to 11th place.

Galatasaray was the club that grew the most compared to the previous year (49%) followed by Paris Saint-Germain and Internazionale.

On the other hand, Real Madrid takes 1st place for the third time since 2016 mainly due to the three UEFA Champions League won and a 41% growth in commercial revenues. Manchester United maintained the 2nd position due to the strength of its brand and a significant accumulated EBIT. In 3rd place, Barcelona recorded a 50% growth in operating revenues and 52% in commercial revenues since 2016, thus leading it to rise in one place compared to last year.

Taking into account the group of 32 clubs that are part of this ranking, between 2016 and 2020, its value has always grown (51% accumulated) mainly due to a 44% increase in operating revenues over this period. All revenue streams increased, with broadcasting revenues being the main highlight with an increase of 65% while matchday and commercial revenues grew by 22% and 39%, respectively. Another important fact is the decreasing dependence of 25 of the 32 clubs on matchday revenues.

At the same time, it is important to note that, over the 5 editions of this report, the weight of the Top-10 in the total enterprise value of the 32 clubs has decreased by 4% to 66%.

Regarding individual clubs, in percentage terms, since 2016, Olympique Lyonnais was the club whose value grew the most (193%) followed by Tottenham and Internazionale. In absolute terms, Liverpool was the one that most saw its enterprise value grow (1,385 million euros). On the other hand, AC Milan was the only one to lose value over the years. Concerning financial results (EBIT), Tottenham is the outstanding club with an accumulated value of 439 million Euros.

Celtic FC (Scotland), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Olympique de Marseille and AS Monaco (France), Fenerbahçe SK (Turkey), and Sporting CP (Portugal) were almost at the Top-32 in 2020.

Enterprise Value Ranking (Top-32)

 

Clubs’ Enterprise Value Variation Ranking (2016-2020)

 

Enterprise Value Variation Ranking by Country (2016-2020)

Looking at the clubs that were part of the editions of this report between 2016 and 2020, and aggregating them by the country, it appears that the value of the clubs from Ligue 1 has been the one that has gone up the most (74%). In absolute terms, the 1st place belongs to the Premier League clubs (6,225 million Euros).

 

Finally, between 2016 and 2020, English clubs were the ones that gained the most weight in the total value of the top-32, comprising 39% of it in 2016 and 41% in 2020.

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