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Comparison with the Premier League and Serie A: LaLiga’s spending rules helped steer clubs through pandemic

  • LaLiga’s profitability decreased more than €1 billion during the pandemic, as revenue and profit on player sales plunged.
  • We have looked at turnover, wages and profitability figures to assess whether LaLiga’s strict spending rules had an impact on the financial health of its clubs.
  • Why it matters: LaLiga clubs have been among the most profitable in Europe in recent years, which could be attributed to LaLiga’s financial controls.
  • The perspective: If stricter financial controls such as LaLiga’s ensure long-term sustainability, more leagues should look to Spain for inspiration.

LaLiga has been celebrated by many stakeholders in the industry for its financial controls which are proclaimed as the most comprehensive set of financial fair play rules in Europe which aim to increase profits and reduce debt. 

But how did LaLiga clubs fare during the pandemic compared to clubs in the Premier League and Serie A?

We have looked at turnover, wages and a few profitability figures to assess whether LaLiga’s strict spending rules, which allegedly played a

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