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La Liga 2020/21: salary cap in Spain's football first division

The budget limit for Real Madrid was set at approximately 470 million euros during the 2020/2021 season. Spain’s two most popular football squads – Real Madrid and FC Barcelona – are also well known around the world both for their success and the hefty salaries of their members. To pay for those salaries, teams have budgets for which they need to set certain limitations. FC Barcelona’s budget was the second with the most flexibility, with up to 383 million euros.

Spain’s football clubs have the world’s most expensive players

Looking at the abovementioned figures it will come as no surprise that some Spanish football teams not only made the global list of best paid players, but also topped it with its two flagship clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Football Club Barcelona led the list of highest salaries per player in La Liga at 12.28 million U.S. dollars in 2019/20. Real Madrid ranked second, with its average player earning approximately 11.15 million U.S. dollars that year. Other football squads that appeared on the list were Atlético de Madrid and Valencia, with 7.04 million dollars and 3.12 million dollars respectively.

The Spanish Liga

The Spanish top division football – commonly known as La Liga among fans – is the Spanish 20-team league system followed by millions in Spain and other countries. The list of top ten scorers of the 2019/20 season was led by FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, with a whopping 25 goals. With 21 goals, Real Madrid’s Benzema ranked second on the list. During the season, the most common result was 1-1, which was registered on 49 occasions. The scores 1-0 and 2-0 ranked second and third, with 43 and 39 occasions, respectively.

Squad spending limit in Spain's La Liga for the football season 2020/2021

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* The squad spending limit denotes the maximum amount that each club or public limited sports company (SAD) can spend during the course of the 2020/21 season, including costs related to players, the manager, assistant manager and fitness coach. This limit includes spending on the reserves, the youth system and other areas.

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