Barcelona, the current champions of the Spanish league, became the first football club to pay more than 500 million euros in salaries, after its squad expenses increased by 42 percent last year, according to a study by KPMG.
The Catalan club, which hired Philippe Coutinho in January 2018 for a record 160 million euros, costs 562 million euros a year.
Along with the arrival of Ousmane Dembele in August 2017 and the renewal of the contracts of several players, including Lionel Messi, his spending on this field has increased enormously.
Paris St. Germain has the second most expensive staff, at 332 million euros, an increase of 20 percent.
KPMG’s Football Benchmark study analyzed the teams and finances of the champions of the eight best leagues in Europe.
Spending on salaries increased in all cases, except for Manchester City, the Premier League champion, whose spending on salaries fell by 5 percent.
The report says Manchester City has the most valuable team (1.182 million euros), while the PS Neymar (229 million) and Kylian Mbappe (215 million) are the world’s most valuable players, followed by Messi (203 million).