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Rafa Is Right About The Money, Wrong About The Fans

“There is a massive difference in money but we have better fans than United.”

I don’t know whether I’d describe the difference as ‘massive’, but yes, Rafael Benitez has spent more money than Sir Alex Ferguson.

Djibril Cisse – £14m
Xabi Alonso – £10.5m
Fernando Morientes – £6.3m
Luis Garcia – £6m
Josemi – £2m
Scott Carson – £750k
Total: £39.55m

Danny Murphy – £2.5m
El Hadji Diouf – £4m
Michael Owen – £8m
Total: £14.5m

Peter Crouch – £7m
Craig Bellamy – £6m
Jose Reina – £6m
Daniel Agger – £5.8m
Mohammed Sissoko – £5.6m
Mark Gonzalez – £4.5m
Total: £34.9m

Milan Baros – £6.5m
Fernando Morientes – £3m
Total: £9.5m

Dirk Kuyt – £9m
Jermaine Pennant – £6.7m
Lucas Leiva – £6m
Alvaro Albeloa – £2.64m
Gabriel Paletta – £2m
Javier Mascherano – £1.5m
Nabil El Zhar – £200l
Total: £28.04m

Chris Kirkland – £3m
Florent Sinama Pongoll – £2.7m
Djimi Traore – £2m
Stephen Warnock – £1.5m
Jan Kromkamp – £1.5m
Antonio Barragan – £680k
Dietmar Hamann – £400k
Neil Mellor – £250k
Darren Potter – £250k
Danny O’Donnell – £100k
Total: £12.38m

Fernando Torres – £25m
Javier Mascherano – £17.1m
Ryan Babel – £11.5m
Martin Skrtel – £6.5m
Yossi Benayoun – £5m
Sebastian Leto – £1.85m
Emiliano Insua – £1m
Total: £67.95m

Mohamed Sissoko – £8.2m
Craig Bellamy – £7.5m
Djibril Cisse – £6m
Mark Gonzalez – £4.2m
Total: £25.9m

Robbie Keane – £19m
Alberto Riera – £8m
Andrea Dossena – £7m
Diego Cavalieri – £3.5m
David Ngog – £1.5m
Total: £39m

Robbie Keane – £12m
Peter Crouch – £10m
John Arne Riise – £4m
Scott Carson – £3.25m
Danny Gutherie – £2.5m
Steve Finnan – £1m
Total: £32.75

Glen Johnson – £18m
Alberto Aquilani – £17m
Sotirios Kyrgiakos – £1.5m
Total: £36.5m

Xabi Alonso – £30m
Alvaro Arbeloa – £3.5m
Sebastian Leto – £1.3m
Paul Anderson – £250k
Total: £35.05m

TOTAL SPEND: £245.94m
Net spend: £115.86m

Manchester United
Wayne Rooney – £27m
Alan Smith – £7m
Gabriel Heinze – £6.9m
John Obi Mikel – £4m
Giuseppe Rossi – £200k
Total: £45.1m

Nicky Butt – £2.5m
Eric Djemba-Djemba – £1.35m
Diego Forlan – £2m
Total: £5.85m

Nemanja Vidic – £7m
Patrice Evra – £5.5m
Park Ji-Sung – £4m
Edwin Van der Sar – £2m
Ben Foster – £1m
Total: £19.5m

John Obi Mikel – £12m
Phil Neville – £3.5m
Kleberson – £2.5m
Jonathan Spector – £500k
Total: £18.5m

Michael Carrick – £18.6m
Total: £18.6m

Ruud van Nistelrooy – £10.3m
Tim Howard – £3m
David Jones – £1m
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake – £300k
Total: £14.6m

Anderson – £18m
Nani – £17m
Owen Hargreaves – £17m
Carlos Tevez – £10m
Tomasz Kuszczak – £2.5m
Da Silvas – £5m
Total: £69.5m

Gabriel Heinze – £8m
Giuseppe Rossi – £6.7m
Alan Smith – £6m
Kieran Richardson – £5.5m
Phil Bardsley – £2m
Ryan Shawcross – £1m
Total: £29.2m

Dimitar Berbatov – £30.75m
Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic – £10m (potential of £17m)
Ritchie de Laet – £1m
Total: £41.75m

Gerard Pique – £6m
Chris Eagles – £1.25m
Total: £7.25m

Antonio Valencia – £16m
Gabriel Obertan – £3m
Total: £19m

Cristiano Ronaldo – £80m
Fraziel Campbell – £3.5m (initial)
Lee Martin – £1.5m
Richard Eckersley – tribunal (est. £1m)
Total: £85m

TOTAL SPEND: £213.45m
Net spend: £52.05m
(Net spend without Ronaldo transfer fee: £132.05m)


Rafael Benitez has spent £32.49m more than Alex Ferguson since the summer of 2004.

Rafael Benitez’s net spend is £63.81m more than Alex Ferguson’s since the summer of 2004.

At the end of the 2003/2004 season, Manchester United finished 3rd, Liverpool finished 4th.

In 2004/2005 Manchester United finished 3rd, Liverpool finished 5th.

In 2005/2006 Manchester United finished 2nd, Liverpool finished 3rd.

In 2006/2007 Manchester United finished 1st, Liverpool finished 3rd.

In 2007/2008 Manchester United finished 1st, Liverpool finished 4th.

In 2008/2009 Manchester United finished 1st, Liverpool finished 2nd.

Since the summer of 2004 Alex Ferguson has won three league titles, one European Cup, two League Cups and one FIFA World Club Cup. Rafael Benitez has won no league titles, one European Cup and one FA Cup.


Let’s take a look at these brilliant Liverpool fans just in Rafael Benitez’s time as manager of Liverpool FC.

May 25th 2005: Liverpool supporter Graham Sankey from Anfield cracked the skull of a barman after throwing a brick at his head. Fellow Liverpool supporter Michael Shields was charged with attempted murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison but Sankey refused to come forward.
February 18th 2006: Liverpool fans throw excrement at Manchester United fans inside Anfield. Liverpool fans attack an ambulance containing Alan Smith.
April 23rd 2006: Liverpool fans vandalise Old Trafford with graffiti about Munich and Harold Shipman
May 23rd 2007: Liverpool fans steal tickets from their own fans and force their way in to the ground ticketless.
June 17th 2007: Liverpool named worst fans in Europe by UEFA
October 18th 2009: Liverpool fan throws Liverpool-crested beachball on to the pitch which deflects Darren Bent’s strike in to Pepe Reina’s net leading Liverpool to lose 1-0

For a man so keen on ‘facts’, it seems a little odd that Benitez would insist on repeatedly making completely false statements. Perhaps it stands to reason he would keep spouting lies though, in a bid to direct attention away from his failings as a manager, and make excuses for his lacking success, particularly in comparison to Sir Alex Ferguson, whose actual spend and net spend has been lower over the course of Benitez’s time in England.

Roll on the Rafalution!

Some transfer prices weren’t set in stone, like Fernando Torres for example. Rafael Benitez claimed the cost of the operation (which involved Luis Garcia) was “around £20m”, whilst the press, Soccerbase and Transfer League had the transfer fee at £26.5m, so I’ve compromised. The Liverpool Echo claimed Garcia was worth £4m and Torres was worth £22.5m which would put him just short of the £27m get out clause.

The Robbie Keane issue is also another one up for debate. At present, Liverpool have received £12m but that has the potential to rise to £19m.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was initial fee was £200k but later rose to over £300k due to an appearance and goal clause (21 goals in 66 games).

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Tom F says:


    The memories that those transfer lists bring back! Some real bargains over the years, some things that didn’t work out and some players we should have got more money for (Blake!)

    Ritchie De Laet has to be one of the best buys, he is a great player and along with the twins, we clearly are covered in our full back positions!

    We didn’t really have to keep Pique, but as I think he’ll become one of the top defenders in Europe, I still think it is a shame he had to go. Players like Diego Forlan, who were bought because they were clearly talented, then don’t pul it off in the English game but go back abroad and bang in goals left, right and centre… he was never a waste of money as some United fans would say, he was a great player, we took a risk and the gamble never paid off.

    Then I think about how much I supported Alan Smith, 7m for doing not a lot at all, a few great goals on a run early in his United career, then that injury at Anfield pretty much took it out of him, his swan song had to be that great goal on an even greater night as we beat Roma 7-1 (a game which I didn’t see live as I’d just arrived in NYC…).

    As for Rafa… He is a TWAT.

  2. Corea says:

    Please, Fergie, put Brown in the first team. No Gary please.
    *just seen his picture in some of the earlier Scott’s entries.

  3. DG says:

    A Uefa spokesman, William Gaillard, accused Liverpool supporters of stealing tickets “out of the hands of children”, adding, “we know what happened in Athens and Liverpool fans were the cause of most of the trouble there”.

  4. Zulu-Malta says:

    I heared that the dippers are going to change their antom.
    Instead of you’ll never walk alone they are going to sing WE’LL NEVER WALK AGAIN !!!!!coz these scum of the earth are going to go rotten like Leeds Utd in a mere short time !!! And by the way this is a fact considering all the trouble and scuffle they have !!!!

  5. thedevil85 says:

    1-4 result from shanfield,

  6. thedevil85 says:

    sorry forgot to mention- berbs n valencia 1st half- 2-0 lead
    rooney then dipper consolation before mickey mouse rounds rain drops to slot in for 4
    poor fsw, he hed had as much money as us to spend theyd be a few players shorter and even shitter,
    sign on sign on
    with poison in your hearts
    coz theyl never win the league

  7. thedevil85 says:

    torres you pissy little flea
    you sucked c..k in your own country
    it was a lot worse when you were in madrid
    because he was abused when he was a kid,
    not as good as original but good eh?
    whats up with big edwin?

  8. dubred says:

    the website was on skynews this mornin !!!

  9. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Good fuckin morning everyone on this wonderful day that misses Rooney is still poled , I have no news and I was just wondering if anyone knows the INS and outs for each team today. Also last night I was talkin to a dipper and I dunno if it’s because I’m a big Irish united fan with a pint or because he wasn’t deluded but he was spot on ripping Liverpool to bits, he said veronan and Lucas are not only not Liverpool quility there not prenuership quility. He said Alonso been sold is Leeds sellin cantona. Any injury updates and o read some one sad united 4-1 been a bit kind to Liverpool there 4-0 cuuuuuummmmmm on

  10. Long John O'Shea says:

    look at this…. the virus want St Stevie of me…,17033,8671_5648124,00.html

  11. rooninho says:

    fact – dippers are a bunch of cheating divers. fact- they got more unworthy pk’s than anybody last season. xabi alonso was the biggest flopper, thank god he’s gone!

    biggest worry is that fsw is going to to have the dippers come out and go to ground every chance they get. i figure there only chance is to try and get our players carded and sent off, picking up pk attempts in the process.

    fact- that’s how they cheated and won so many games last year and finished 2nd

    fact- i hate rafa, the dippers, that fck’n toilet called anfield, and that stupid fck’n song they drunkenly sing before rioting, i mean supporting their misguided team

    fact- i can’t wait to see all the cantona masks out there!

  12. thedevil85 says:

    rooney shud play last 20 minutes, hel have fire in his belly after missing games and the energy will be oozing out of him.
    lets smash these bastards.

  13. Fze123 says:

    Had such a stange dream last night, not making this up, no joke. We won 4-2 and for some reason beckham scored our fourth, and I can’t remember the other goalscorers. The match was at night too, it was pitch black. At the end of the match, the utd players took out toy guns that had ball pit balls as ammunition, contrary to the beach ball incident I suppose, as the ball pit balls were mostly red.

    I am predicting a 3-1 win, Berba, Giggsy and Owen scoring the third

  14. Ulster Red says:

    is rooney fit to play????????????????????????

  15. Stanniesmith55 says:

    2-0 stitch for that you scruffy manc cunts

  16. JonJon says:

    Torres the new Ronaldo? Not in goal scoring but in diving….man-lady blowing a flat in his high heels.

  17. redscot says:

    Jaysus when you think back! Edwin van der Sar 2million squids wow!


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