Barca have spent more than Chelsea?? Thats a lot of money considering a large part of their starting XI is home grown!
Real Madrid top spenders over the last decade with over £800m of signings
Florentino Perez takes Los Blancos spending to the extremes...
By Andrew McLean
Real Madrid are the top spenders in European and world football, having spent over £831 million (€1,000m) in the last decade on transfer fees, as revealed by Marca today.
There is no other club on the planet that has come close to this figure, despite Roman Abramovich's best efforts at Chelsea and Manchester City's new found extravagence.
President Florentino Perez took over in 2000 and has been in the presidential throne at the club for all but three years in the last decade, when Ramon Calderon took over the role in 2006.
This season's reinforcements have tipped the total over the £831m (€1,000m) mark with the signings of Sami Khedira, Sergio Canales, Pedro Leon and Angel Di Maria costing just over £41.5m (€50m).
Over the course of the decade los Blancos have spent huge sums of money on single transfers. Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m), Zinedine Zidane (£50m) and Kaka (£56m) are the three most expensive of a total of 48 signings. Last season two of those, Ronaldo and Kaka contributed to a whopping £211m (€254m) being spent in one year.
In comparison, Barcelona have spent £593m (€713m) while Roman Abramovich spent £540m (€650m) over the same period with Chelsea. However, Manchester City have begun a Madrid type spending spree over the last three years totalling £318m in the Premier League.