The wage restrictions for clubs in the Spanish top flight are very strict.
The financial side of football is always in the spotlight since it is one of the most cash-rich sports in the world. LaLiga recently announced its latest salary cap limit for clubs, which has caused controversy over financial fair play between big and small clubs. Let’s first take a closer look at what the LaLiga salary limit is before we get too deep into it.
The LaLiga officials set a limit on how much clubs are allowed to spend on players, staff, and other associates’ salaries. The limit is set by La Liga by calculating the club’s revenues and total expenditure from debt repayments to operational costs. Last season, LaLiga was in huge limelight after their restrictions on FC Barcelona which prevented the club from extending Lionel Messi’s contract.
This year’s numbers are now out for let’s dig into the latest LaLiga salary cap list.
Elche – €42.672 million
Elche exceeded all expectations last season with their spirited performances throughout the season. They were tipped to get relegated last season but they finished in the 13th spot despite having the lowest salary budget. This season their salary cap has been reduced from 44.731 million to 42.672 million and they are again tipped for relegation.
Girona – €42.725 million
Girona is one of the newly promoted clubs this season and they have invested heavily heading into the 2022-23 season. They had a salary budget of only 9.359 million last season but it has taken a big stride to 42.725 million. Girona will be hoping to continue their good work from last season and fight hard in the first division this year.
Cadiz – €45.977 million
Cadiz narrowly escaped relegation last season. They were in the red zone till the last matchday but somehow escaped the humiliation. Interestingly, they have a lower salary cap this season which has decreased from 47.602 to 45.977 this season. It will be interesting to see if they will be lucky this time around or not.
Real Valladolid – €46.686 million
Real Valladolid is another newly promoted team and is owned by La Liga legend Ronaldo Nazario. They finished in the second position in Segunda Division and secured automatic promotion. They had the biggest salary cap of 29.826 million last season in Segunda Division.
RCD Mallorca – €49.692 million
RCD Mallorca is next on the list. They finished in the 16th spot last season and had seesaw results throughout the season. Mallorca never found consistency throughout the season and was tipped for relegation at one point in the season. This season their salary cap has increased to 49.692 million from 48.210m, so will be hoping to make some progress this season.
Rayo Vallecano – €49.903 million
Royo Vallecano has witnessed a minor increase in their salary cap this season after finishing in the 12th spot in the league last time around. They also reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals last season and will be hoping to improve their performance this season.
Almeria – €50.749 million
Almeria were the champions of the Segunda Division last season and their salary cap has increased almost five times. Despite having a low salary budget, they did wonders in the second division and will be hoping for some spirited performances against tougher teams.
CA Osasuna – €52.134 million
CA Osasuna displayed admirable character last season despite not having a big name on their side. Their salary cap has been reduced from 56.430 million to 52.134 million, but they will still be hoping to continue to defy expectations and perform well.
Celta Vigo – €63.855 million
Celta Vigo is a big name in the Spanish top division and for years, they have been producing positive results despite having a comparatively low salary cap. Their salary cap was 66.447 million last season and they finished 11th.
Getafe – €69.070 million
Getafe has shown real intent this summer transfer window after narrowly escaping relegation last season. They finished in the 15th spot in the table and escaped relegation by just one point. Their salary budget was 64.688 million last season.
RCD Espanyol – €72.737 million
RCD Espanyol had a disappointing season in 2021-22 and it has affected their salary cap this season. They finished in the 14th spot last season which was way below their standards and capabilities. With increased competition this season, it will be a difficult season for Espanyol this time around.
Valencia – €75.836 million
Valencia was counted as one of the heavyweights of the Spanish league but their stature has decreased in the last few seasons. They finished in 9th position last season and even had to sack their manager. With Gennaro Gattuso in place this season, they will be hoping for a turnaround.
Real Betis – €96.725 million
Real Betis were Copa del Rey champions last season and had a memorable outing in LaLiga as well. Despite having a low salary cap of 61.254 million, they managed to finish in the fifth spot and win silverware. This season with an increased cap, they will be hoping to break into the top four.
Athletic Bilbao – €127.120 million
Athletic Bilbao nearly missed out on European football last season. They missed out on a Europa Conference League spot by just four points. Despite having a salary cap of more than 100 million dollars, finishing eighth may not be satisfactory for fans.
Real Sociedad – €111.230 million
Real Sociedad secured sixth spot finish last season and will be fighting for a Champions League spot this season. Mikel Oyarzabal was their standout performer with 15 goals in all competitions. Their Salary cap has increased this season by nearly 20m this season.
Villarreal – €151.206 million
The 2021-22 season was an interesting one for Villarreal. In the Champions League, they defeated giants like FC Bayern and reached the semi-finals, but in the league, they struggled and somehow finished seventh. They will be hoping to better show this around in League after having an increase in their salary cap.
Sevilla – €199.855 million
Sevilla has been the biggest team behind the three giants in LaLiga for years now and last season as well, they finished in the fourth spot. Their salary cap is nearly the same this season but they have lost their key players like Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos.
Atletico Madrid – €341.040 million
After fighting through the aftermath of a pandemic in the previous two seasons, Atletico Madrid has a doubled salary cap for this season. The return of fans has restored the team’s financial status and they will be hoping to translate this into a strong performance on the field.
FC Barcelona – €656.429 million
FC Barcelona‘s numbers this season have been the biggest highlight of LaLiga’s list. Last season, they were in financial turmoil and were unable to register new players due to a negative salary cap of 144.353m. However, their new president Joan Laporta had turned things around magnificently after selling Camp Nou’s naming rights and other assets.
Real Madrid – €683.462 million
This season, Real Madrid has the highest salary cap, and their intact financial status, despite the pandemic, speaks volumes about their management. However, their salary cap has decreased this season from 739.163m to 683.462m but they did have departures of big earners like Gareth Bale and Marcelo.