Atlético de Madrid was considered the team of the 'people'. Its identity as a lesser fighting team against the great powers that have always been Real Madrid and Barcelona left it in a third place where it was always relegated. With an inferior profile but with dedication and faith. But now that has changed.
Atletico changed its policy diametrically in recent years, giving a change in terms of its hallmark identity, with greater economic muscle, forming their templates at the stroke of a paycheck. For the second year in a row, the red and white club is the team that has spent the most money in the whole of the Santander League, taking into account the balance of new signings and departures.
The expenses of Atletico de Madrid 2021/22
The colchoneros have spent 65 million euros this summer on the signings of Rodrigo de Paul (35) and Matheus Cunha (30), to which should be added the 10 million that will be paid to Barça for the loan of Antoine Griezmann. In total, about 75 kilos in expenses, compared to the almost nine million received from the operations of Saúl Ñíguez, Nicolás Ibáñez and Montero. Spending was higher in 20/21. The signings of Álvaro Morata, Yannick Carrasco, Kondogbia, Luis Suárez, Ivo Grbic or Dembélé cost 89 million euros, although practically balanced to the profit, about 83 million.
Compared to the other two majors, the differences are remarkable. Real Madrid invested only €31 million this season for the signing of Eduardo Camavinga, as David Alaba arrived for free from Bayern Munich. Raphael Varane, Martin Ödegaard and Brahim Díaz brought in 78 million. In 20/21, zero expenditure and 103 million in revenue from sales or loans: Achraf, Reguilón, Óscar, Javi Sánchez, Soro, Borja Mayoral, Dani Gómez, De Frutos, Odegaard, Kubo, Jovic.
Barcelona, more of the same. This season it has only paid for Emerson Royal and the loan of Yusuf Demir, in total about 14.5 million. Money that has been reversed with the sale of Emerson himself (25) and those of Ilaix (16), Junior (15), Todibo (8.5), Aleñá (5), Konrad (3), Akieme (3.5), Rey Manaj (300,000 for the loan) and Antoine Griezmannthat make a total of 82 million profit. In 20/21, it is true that Barça spent more with the 31 million they paid for Trincao, the 21 for Dest and the tax trap with Pjanic, who cost 60, but Arthur left for 72. They also sold Semedo, Cucurella, Carles Pérez, Luis Suárez, Rafinha, Rakitic and Vidal for a total of almost 140 million.
The best salaries of Atletico Madrid
But not only can this new atlético superiority be checked with the transfers and without forgetting its solvent title of Santander League of the last championship. No. Atlético de Madrid's new salary scales are also more than present. It should not be forgotten that Diego Pablo Simeone is the highest paid soccer coach in the world.
The last renewal carried out by the colchonero club to content and tie the Cholo raised the emoluments of the Argentine coach to 24 million euros, a salary only surpassed at that time by Leo Messi. With the Argentine's departure to Paris, Simeone is both the highest-paid coach in the world and in La Liga Santander, as well as the highest-paid professional in the entire tournament, above any other footballer.