Saturday, December 23, 2006

Real Madrid, Big Spenders

One of these days I'm going to take the time to better look at Real Madrid. They're a big club nad have money to spend. But it's not limitless and they don't have a sugar daddy a la Ambromovich to add to their coffers. They just signed a young Argentine, Fernando Gago, for €20.4m. If that was their only big signing of the year, I wouldnt' think much of it. But they signed Ruud van Nistelrooy for €15m. They spent €5.5m on Cassano, €26m on Diarra (who's been riding the pine lately), and €20m to bring in Emerson and Cannavaro. And with €13m spent to bring in Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n that puts transfer spending at at least €70 million during the last year. Where does Real Madrid, even given their size, find this money?


Sean said...

TV deal with MediaPro paying them 170m euros/yr up from 55m euros/yr before. Even though it doesn't start until after the 2007-8 season, they've evidently already started to spend the extra future cash.

Kristofer said...

Franco's relatives? It will be interesting where money will be taking this game in the next 5 years.