Ares and Atletico Madrid: An investment opportunity for our times

1 September 2021

Atletico Madrid
Photo: Alamy Atletico Madrid players celebrating winning LaLiga last season.

Back in late June a €300 million share issue and investment brought stability to Atletico’s traditionally chaotic finances after decades of disarray.

US alternative investors Ares have put money into Major League Baseball, F1, NHL and now a top European club.

Ares investment preceded La Liga’s recent deal with CVC, which Atletico also opted in on, bringing them up to €150 million further liquidity.

“Ares seeks to use its significant capital base to provide innovative capital solutions to fulfil the sector’s growing funding gap," an executive from the firm said about the opportunities that they saw.

In this profile piece we take a closer look at the new co-owners of the Spanish champions.

James Corbett, Senior Correspondent corbett@offthepitch.com

The sum of Atletico Madrid’s debt – all €999 million of it – is as eye-catching as it is historical, but a new investment in the club to improve its liquidity marks a significant development in football’s growing shift away from traditional lenders.

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