Atlético de Madrid was excellently reinforced for the new season. Los Colchoneros have retained their identity as a fighting team against the great powers that have always been Real Madrid and Barcelona and that have them in third place in Spain. Now with a new squad Atletico is going for the championship.
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.
Griezmann's return to Madrid
Griezmann left the club for Barcelona in a €120 million move just two years ago. But, with Barça in financial crisis, Griezmann was allowed to return to Atletico.
The Frenchman has joined the club on loan but Diego Simeone's side have the option to make the deal permanent for just £34 million. Griezmann was so desperate to leave Barca for his former club that he had to pay a huge discount to do so. Griezmann has reduced his net salary from €21 million to around €10 million. That means his gross salary at Atletico Madrid will be around £297,000 per week.
How much do Atletico Madrid players earn
20. Benjamin Lecomte - £35,000 per week.
19. Héctor Herrera - £ 52,000 per week.
18. Renan Lodi - £ 68,000 per week.
17. Stefan Savić - £ 77,000 per week.
16. Felipe - £ 81,000 per week.
15. Kieran Trippier - £ 82,000 per week.
14. José Giménez - £ 88,000 per week.
13. Ángel Correa - £ 88,000 per week.
12. Sime Vrsaljko - £ 89,000 per week.
11. Marcos Llorente - £ 90,000 per week.
10. Rodrigo de Paul - £ 110,000 per week.
Geoffrey Kondogbia - £ 114,000 per week.
Thomas Lemar - £ 114,000 per week.
Mario Hermoso - £ 151,000 per week.
Yannick Carrasco - £ 151,000 per week.
João Félix - £ 165,000 per week.
Jan Oblak - £ 271,000 per week.
Koke - £ 280,000 per week.
Luis Suárez - £ 281,000 per week.
Antoine Griezmann - £ 297,000 per week.
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.