What an incredible start for Barcelona in this year’s iteration of the Champions League. The Catalans welcomed Ferencvárosi to the Camp Nou and served them a ‘manita‘ as a gift. Of course, this is an excellent intro for the big clash on the weekend.
Mundo Deportivo went with a title that says ‘Manita to believe‘, suggesting Ronald Koeman’s Barça leave the Lisbon fiasco behind them with a stellar performance.
It has to be said, however, that Ferencvárosi, regardless of their history, are not Bayern Munich and much bigger challenges lie ahead. Still, Ansu Fati and Pedri were the stars while only Gerard Piqué’s red card is a stain on the night.
Mundo Deportivo also talk about a ‘poker of renovations‘, saying new contracts are coming for Piqué, Marc-André ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong and Clément Lenglet.
SPORT, on the other hand, went with a title ‘Manita before El Clásico‘ – a comfortable win for the Catalans ahead of their date with Real Madrid.
Of course, this won’t mean much if they can’t continue in the same way. Now, however, all eyes are turned to Saturday afternoon when a much bigger challenger steps onto the Camp Nou.
So far, Koeman’s Barcelona have been running hot and cold. And these big games will show us what the Dutchman is truly made of.
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.