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200m pound crew: Which Premier League club spends most on its players?

Written by: Darth Anakin

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An interesting insight on the wage-bills of the top Premier League clubs. . . 

There are not that many teams that can boast having a wage-bill of £200 m worldwide. Recently, Liverpool have joined this club. The financial accounts submitted by Liverpool for the 2015/16 Premier League season came with a little shock. Liverpool FC’s wage-bill was £208.3 m; a £42.2 m increase on the previous season.

Rewinding the clock back to the 2011/12 season. This was the first time a team in the Premier League crossed £200 m in wage spending. With a wage-bill of £201.8 m, Manchester City became the first team to cross that mark. They went even further the following season and increased their wage-bill to £233.1 m. The team with a wage-bill that was closest to Man City was their city rivals Manchester United. With a wage-bill of £180.5m, Man United had the second highest wages in the league during the 2012/13 season, that, of course, didn’t stop them from winning the league that year.

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The second team with a wage-bill that crossed £200 m was Manchester United. Following their triumph in 2012/13, Sir Alex Ferguson left and David Moyes replaced him. They made a few signings, and the wages increased to £214.8 m making them the team with the highest wage-bill. Chelsea were to join the crew the following season. In the year they were to be crowned champions, Chelsea saw their wage-bill increase by £20 m from the previous year to £215.7 m. Similar to Manchester United the previous season and Manchester City two seasons before that, this increase earned Chelsea the rank of highest wage-bill in the Premier League.

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This brings us back to the 2015/16 season. Well, not only did Liverpool join the exclusive crew, this season also marked the first time the Premier League had more than two teams with wages greater than £200 m. Liverpool’s £208.3 m comes in at third, Chelsea with £222.4 m at second and Manchester United with £232.2 m at first.

History of the #1 Wage-Bill in the Premier League

Season

#1 Wage Bill (£m)

Team

94/95

13.45

Manchester United

95/96

19.75

Newcastle United

96/97

21.85

Manchester United

97/98

30.13

Liverpool

98/99

36.97

Manchester United

99/00

48.77

Chelsea

00/01

51.71

Chelsea

01/02

70.00

Manchester United

02/03

79.52

Manchester United

03/04

115.57

Chelsea

04/05

108.89

Chelsea

05/06

114.00

Chelsea

06/07

132.82

Chelsea

07/08

171.62

Chelsea

08/09

165.61

Chelsea

09/10

172.55

Chelsea

10/11

189.54

Chelsea

11/12

201.79

Manchester City

12/13

233.11

Manchester City

13/14

214.80

Manchester United

14/15

215.65

Chelsea

15/16

232.20

Manchester United

 

The first data we have is from the 1994-95 Premier League season. During this year, Manchester United had the highest wages with £13.45 m.

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Since then, only 4 other teams have had the highest wages in the Premier League; Newcastle United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. Newcastle United had the highest wages when the Premier League moved to a 20-team league. Besides Newcastle, the other clubs are all the clubs that are part of the £200 m crew.

Chelsea are the cash-kings having appeared as number one wage-bill on 11 occasions with Manchester United in 2nd with 7 appearances. 

Published: Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:11 PM IST

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