If the power shift in football had not been obvious before, the European Super League fiasco spoke volumes about the current state of affairs across the continent.
While grotesque and roundly criticised (although not punished quite enough), the Premier League clubs were the first to pull out of the idea back in spring, while leading Spanish and Italian outfits insisted it remained a good idea.
Indeed, such is the financial might of those teams, two of the last three Champions League winners have been Premier League representatives following two all-English finals.
Last year's edition pitted Manchester City against Chelsea, two clubs whose wealth is not solely reliant on footballing success or gate receipts, largely insulating them from the problems of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Perhaps it should be no surprise then that both clubs have the kind of resources few other teams around the world can match. Even away from their first-teams, Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel can call on some of the best players in Europe.
Squaring off against each other in the Premier League this weekend, talkSPORT have delved a bit deeper into the extent of their resource, looking at both the cost and the success of their likely benches.
- Kepa (£72m, 2 major trophies won)
- Timo Werner (£47m, 1 major trophy won)
- Hakim Ziyech (£36m, 3 major trophies won)
- Ben Chilwell (£45m, 1 major trophy won)
- Trevoh Chalobah (Free, 0)
- Callum Hudson-Odoi (Free, 2 major trophies won)
- Matteo Kovacic (£40m, 11 major trophies won)
- Reece James (Free, 1 major trophy won)
- Saul Niguez (Loan, 2 major trophies won)
Total cost: £240m
Total trophies: 23
- Zack Steffen (£6.1m, 3 major trophies won)
- Aymeric Laporte (£58m, 7 major trophies won)
- Oleksandr Zinchenko (£1.8m, 8 major trophies won)
- Fernandinho (£36m, 23 major trophies won)
- Bernardo Silva (£45m, 11 major trophies won)
- Ferran Torres (£20m, 3 major trophies won)
- Raheem Sterling (£57m, 8 major trophies won)
- Phil Foden (Free, 4 major trophies won)
- Nathan Ake (£40m, 4 major trophies won)
Total cost: £263m
Total trophies: 75
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So, in total, the likely benches will cost a combined £503m with a whopping 98 major trophies to their names.
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