The incredible financial gap between Liverpool and Villarreal

Villarreal will take on Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, just the second in the Spanish club’s history

That is one of several statistics that demonstrate the historical disparity between the two – by the time Villarreal was in to La Liga for the first time, Liverpool had already won four European Cups.

Not the least of these data is the financial gap between the two. Villarreal, owned by Spanish billionaire Fernando Roig, has regularly outperformed their financial peers despite significant expenditure. The Yellow Submarine have a turnover of only £104.5m, but they did win their first major title last season when they defeated Manchester United in the Europa League.

That figure is more than doubled by their opponents’ £487 million revenue. According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool’s team cost £709 million to put together, compared to Villarreal’s £146 million. A huge disparity of £563 million should tilt the scales in Liverpool’s favour.

Villarreal signed Arnaut Danjuma last summer, breaking the Yellow Submarine’s transfer record by paying £21.15 million for the former Bournemouth player. Having said that, Villarreal have used their money wisely, bringing in players like Etienne Capoue (£2m) and Dani Parejo (free) for minimal sums.


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