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Real Madrid-Barcelona, what they cost ...
April 15th, 2011 1:35AM

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[MONEY MATTERS] Real Madrid and Barcelona have taken decidedly different approaches to building their powerhouse teams.

According to report by the Daily Telegraph, Real Madrid spent more on signing Cristiano Ronaldo ($136 million) than Barcelona did on its projected starting XI ($123 million).

Real Madrid should start only one youth product (goalie Iker Casillas), while Barcelona will start eight players (including Gerard Pique, who later moved to Manchester United) from its famed youth academy, La Masia.

REAL MADRID (cost: $421 million)

POS.
PLAYER
AGE
GP
COST
GK
Iker Casillas
29
602
youth team
RB
Sergio Ramos
25
254
$39 million
CB
Pepe
28
104
$43 million
CB
Ricardo Carvalho
32
41
$11 million
LB
Marcelo
22
156
$9 million
M
Xabi Alonso
29
84
$43 million
M
Sami Khedira
24
38
$29 million
M
Mesut Ozil
22
44
$22 million
F
Angel Di Maria
23
46
$36 million
F
Cristiano Ronaldo
26
80
$136 million
F
Karin Benzema
23
74
$51 million


BARCELONA (cost: $123 million)

POS.
PLAYER
AGE
GP
COST
G
Victor Valdes
29
398
Youth team
RB
Dani Alves
27
145
$43 million
CB
Carles Puyol
33
511
Youth team
CB
Gerard Pique
24
235
$7 million
LB
Adriano
26
28
$14 million
M
Sergio Busquets
22
130
Youth team
M
Xavi
31
568
Youth team
M
Andres Iniesta
26
355
Youth team
F
Pedro
23
168
Youth team
F
Lionel Messi
23
260
Youth team
F
David Villa
29
42
$58 million


0 comments
  1. Paolo Jacobs
    commented on: April 15, 2011 at 5:58 a.m.
    Wow,,, incredible,,, Barca is such a smart club
  1. Kent James
    commented on: April 15, 2011 at 7:48 a.m.
    Barcelona, doing it the way it should be done....
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: April 15, 2011 at 7:52 a.m.
    So what does this mean, is L. Messi playing for free along with 6 other players? Their has to be some cost on Barca's end? Probably in the tune of another couple hundred million.I have wondered what if the Barca players were sent off to other clubs how successful would Barca be and it's indiviual players? What makes the players good, not Barca, is their chemistry, it's perfect between the current players. Like C. Ronaldo, when he played for Man U he was great,the switch to R Madrid set him back for several yrs. and now he's coming to form again.
  1. lorenzo murillo
    commented on: April 15, 2011 at 8:38 a.m.
    This table compares what it cost Madrid and Barca to build a team, not the payroll. To Ogden, in regards to player's performance not being Barca, your view is incorrect. Barca has everything to do with how these players perform and play on the field. Google La Masia, and you can read how Barca's youth system is above everyone else, in terms of developing attractive and creative players. Madrid to sell more players than Barca, but Barca's palyers are more talented with the ball. One interesting note about Barca's youth system: they do not test for speed or agility, rather they use small sided games to develop tactical speed. http://www.entrenamientodeportivo.org/apuntes.asp the above link is on notes from Dr. Seirul.lo, strength and conditioning coach for Barca for 20 years.
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: April 15, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.
    We should send our US trainers to La Masia to learn.
  1. lorenzo murillo
    commented on: April 15, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHcZKV_yEOc&feature=player_embedded#at=400 The road to success, how Barca became what it is today.
  1. David Huff
    commented on: April 15, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.
    I agree with Walt, both USSF and MLS should take up residency at La Masia where they could learn a few things. I recall that Johann Cruyff had a big role in transforming Barca into the club it is today.
  1. Joe Shoulders
    commented on: April 17, 2011 at 10:09 a.m.
    Sure it would be great to US trainers to La Masia, but the formula is not all that complicated. - Choose a bunch of very skillful players (regardless of size) - let them play and have patience for creative mistakes - stress keeping possession ... then pick the best ones we can do this here, but it would be the end of a very lucrative coaching school business for US Soccer. Because it doesn't take a week-long program in Florida to tell coaches this message.

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