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Highest paying clubs in Spain revealed, with Barca No. 1

La Liga By: Linus Onyeze | 20/09/2017

Barcelona have beaten Real Madrid to the top of the wage bill list in Spain, but what position does Los Blancos occupy on the list?Barcelona have beaten Real Madrid to the top of the wage bill list in Spain, but what position does Los Blancos occupy on the list?


Barcelona may have been beaten by Real Madrid when both sides met in the Spanish Super Cup, but the Catalan side have now beaten their eternal rivals off the pitch, as they have emerged as the club with the largest wage budget in La Liga, according to data released on Tuesday.

According to the numbers from the Spanish league, the money available for Barca's bills are up to €507million, or £448m.

Their main title rivals, Real, meanwhile have a cap on overall salaries that comes in at €499m, or £442m - making it the first time since the introduction of centralised TV rights in Spain that Barca can outspend the Bernabeu side.

LA LIGA WAGE CAPS

Barcelona: £448m

Real Madrid: £442m

Atletico Madrid: £210m

Sevilla: £141m

Valencia: £100m

Villareal: £78m

Athletic Bilbao: £60m

Real Betis: £58m

Real Sociedad: £57m

Espanyol: £54m

Malaga: £47m

Celta Vigo: £36m

Deportivo: £36m

Alaves: £33m

Leganes: £30m

Eibar: £29m

Levante: £28m

Girona: £27m

Las Palmas: £26m

Getafe: £25m

The data comes from strict La Liga measures to prevent clubs from overspending on wages.

The caps, which are made public each season in September, are linked to the total income of each club.

The budget covers the wages of players and coaching staff.

A large chunk of Barcelona's increased budget has also been freed up by no longer having one of the world's leading and most expensive players - Neymar - on their books.

Neymar, who was on around £26.5m a year at the Nou Camp, left for PSG in the summer in a world record £198m move.
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