One mixes budding stars and confirmed great figures, the other signs players who fit his style. With two different policies, Real Madrid and Liverpool, who meet this Saturday in the Champions League final, have become benchmarks in the market.
Checkbook duel in the Champions League final
Real Madrid’s transfer strategy, embodied by its president, Florentino Pérez, was for a long time summed up in buying the best players in the world at a price of gold. But, in recent years and with the pandemic, the attitude of the ‘White House’ in the market has changed. Real Madrid sign more intelligently and do not hesitate to bet on the future, looking for young players who could become prodigies. A single madness has come to disturb this new policy: the 122 million dollars paid to Chelsea for Eden Hazard, who has not been able to show his level, weighed down by injuries. Of course, the promising cracs of his squad (Fernand Mendy, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr., Eder Militão, Luka Jovic and Eduardo Camavinga) have cost him some 233 million dollars.
Liverpool, away from large investments out of habit, broke tradition with the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, in December 2017, and Alisson, a few months later, for a total of 165 million dollars, making them the most expensive defender and goalkeeper in history at the time. Despite this, in six and a half years under Klopp, Liverpool have a transfer balance deficit of just $213m, or an average spend of $37m per season. It’s not bad when in that period Sadio Mané, Joel Matip, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Thiago Alcántara, Ibrahima Konaté or Luis Díaz himself have joined, who did not make it to the team as star players.
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Today, Real Madrid, with an estimated 5.1 billion dollars, is the best valued football club in Europe, according to ‘Forbes’ reports. Liverpool, for its part, says the indicator, is the fourth team, with an approximate value of 4,503 million dollars. Liverpool’s squad, according to Transfermarkt, is the third most expensive in the world (900 million). Madrid’s is the sixth (756). That yes, in terms of effectiveness, during the prelude to the continental final, Liverpool seems to win in the valuation accounts, since its ideal eleven is listed at 660 million dollars. The one from Madrid, which initially invested more, is valued at 523 million. In any case, regardless of the economic difference, the truth is that men play on the field, not pockets.
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