UEFA have named the 20 European clubs with the largest wage bills


European football is swamped with some of the biggest transfer fees and wages in the sport.

Ever since Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar for a mind-blowing £196 million in 2019, it seems as though fees of all kinds across the continent have been going through the ceiling. 

And while transfer price-tags tend to find their way into the public domain, there's a little more secrecy surrounding exactly how much European juggernauts are paying their star players.

Nevertheless, football fans are given an occasional insight into some of these crazy figures and that's especially the case after UEFA's annual financial report, per talkSPORT.

As part of their detailed breakdown on the region's spending, club wage bills have been disclosed for the financial year of 2018, which the most up-to-date considering its April 2019 expiration.

Europe's biggest wage bills

Therefore, while it doesn't include some of the most recent deals and contract renewals, it gives one of the most accurate representations of European club spending at present.

So, without further ado, you can try to spot your club amongst the 20 sides with the highest wages and you know the figures are dramatic when the bottom side splashed over £100 million...

20. Crystal Palace - £113 million


19. AS Monaco - £114 million


18. Leicester City - £115 million

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

17. AC Milan - £129 million


16. AS Roma - £136 million


15. Inter Milan - £136 million

FC Internazionale v Atalanta BC - Serie A

14. Tottenham Hotspur - £143 million

Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos FC: Group B - UEFA Champions League

13. Everton - £154 million


12. Borussia Dortmund - £160 million


11. Atletico Madrid - £182 million


10. Juventus - £224 million


9. Arsenal - £232 million

FC Barcelona v Arsenal - Pre-Season Friendly

8. Chelsea - £236 million

Lille OSC v Chelsea FC: Group H - UEFA Champions League

7. Liverpool - £255 million


6. Manchester City - £267 million

Manchester City v Port Vale - FA Cup Third Round

5. Bayern Munich - £270 million


4. Manchester United - £286 million


3. Paris Saint-Germain - £289 million


2. Real Madrid - £369 million

Sevilla FC v Real Madrid CF  - La Liga

1. Barcelona - £453 million


GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

It just goes to show, money doesn't always bring success.

Barcelona have been grossly ham-fisted with their spending and contracts in recent seasons, spending far too much on the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

I dread to think how much Antoine Griezmann's arrival would bloat their figure even further and Lionel Messi is one of few players in the squad who can justify their galactic pay packets.

Besides, the best team in the world finds themselves in seventh place with the likes of Alisson Becker, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold still on somewhat 'humble' wages.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool FC - Premier League

And there are lessons to be learned from United and Arsenal, who have blown up their wage policies by spending big on key players - David de Gea and Mesut Ozil - to leave themselves at ransom of the larger squad.

That's especially the case when you consider the money swimming around the Premier League, which can be evidenced by Everton and Palace's presence despite finding themselves in mid-table.

Whatever way you look at it, though, there can be no denying that the beautiful game is also the bountiful one.