Ranking: Who paid out most in wages in 2020?

4 June 2021

FC Barcelona
Photo: Alamy FC Barcelona and Real Madrid top the list of European clubs paying out most in wages

With more than 150 European clubs having published their 2020 financial accounts, we have taken a closer look at the by far highest expense in football, wages.

Amid the turmoil of last season, many clubs were forced to cut wages as revenue streams were stripped and liquidity inadequacy became a serious problem.

Nevertheless, wages rose by 6 per cent on average for the 150 clubs, driven largely by promoted clubs seeing a significant increase in wage-levels.

Joseph Mailil, analyst jm@offthepitch.com

Liverpool saw their wages exceed Manchester United’s for the first time in at least a decade, as Liverpool’s wage bill rose by 14 per cent to €402 million, while Manchester United’s fell 14 percent to €324 million.

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