And as only two LaLiga fixtures remain in the 2019/20 season, Barcelona expect Real Madrid to win the title tonight after facing a rather resurgent Villarreal. Needless to say, it’s all the papers are talking about over in Catalonia this morning.
Intriguingly, both have gone with the identical cover that says ‘Match ball‘, suggesting this is indeed the night we’ll see Los Blancos lift the crown and steal it in front of their eternal rivals’ noses.
Even though we’ve heard them say that they still believe in a miracle and will fight to the very last second, Mundo Deportivo are claiming Barcelona expect Real to win the title before the day is done.
However, the race for the Pichichi between Lionel Messi – who’s on 22 goals – and Karim Benzema – who’s on 19 – is yet to be finished and this could be the only thing the Catalans can deny their nemesis in the LaLiga campaign.
But even though it’s unlikely the Whites stumble right at the finish line, Villarreal are a team in ascend and are also looking for a place in Europe next season. This could potentially make them a rather dangerous opponent to face.
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.