Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United are the three richest clubs in the world.
Over the past six years, United have won the FA Cup, the Europa League and the League Cup. In comparison, Barcelona have won four league titles, one Champions League, the Super Cup, the World Club Cup, the Copa del Rey four times and the Supacopa twice. Real Madrid have won one league title, four Champions Leagues, three Super Cups, three World Club Cups, one Copa del Rey and one Supacopa.
Unsurprisingly, while United’s success doesn’t come close to the other two richest clubs, neither does their business in the transfer market.
Having just finished sixth and winning nothing, so far United have signed Championship winger Daniel James for £15m and spent £50m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, who finished 12th last season.
After finishing 11 points clear at the top of the La Liga table last season, Barcelona have forked out £107m on Antoine Griezmann this summer. The Frenchman has been Atletico’s top scorer for the last five years on the trot and finished third in Ballon d’Or last year. Over the last five years in Spain, he is the fourth highest goalscorer, behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.
The Spanish champions, who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, have also signed one of the brightest young talents in world football, Frenkie De Jong, for £67m. The midfielder has just won the league with Ajax as well as reaching the Champions League final.
Real Madrid have paid an initial £90m for Eden Hazard from Chelsea, although that fee could rise to £150m when taking in to consideration bonuses. They’ve also signed the Bundesliga’s third highest scorer from last season, Luka Jovic.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previously claimed that he wanted all of United’s transfer business completed by the time we went on tour. United played the first game of the tour today, beating Perth Glory 2-0 thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and James Garner. It’s going to be a long season to follow if United don’t start even coming close to matching the ambition of the other richest clubs in the world.
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