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Barcelona has most expensive bench in football

Fc Barcelona is one of the biggest clubs in modern day football. The Catalan giants want to win the Champions League this season, after their big rivals Real Madrid won it for the last three consecutive times. In order to win the Champions League you need to have a top quality squad available for the entire season. In their first La Liga match of this season, Barca had for 294 million Euros of transfer fees on the bench.

In football people usually say: Money should be on the pitch and not with the bank. Fc Barcelona’s manager Ernesto Valverde has his own ideas about this statement. He put the money on the bench instead of on the pitch. With a total of 294 million on transfer fees on the bench, the Barcelona bench on Saturday against Alaves was the most expensive bench in the history of the club. All summer signings started this match from the bench. This was the bench at the start of the match on Saturday:

  • Malcom, 41 million Euros
  • Clement Lenglet, 35 million Euros
  • Arthur, 31 million Euros
  • Arturo Vidal, 19 million Euros
  • Jasper Cillessen, 13 million Euros
  • Philippe Coutinho, 155 million Euros
  • Rafina, from youth academy
  • All these transfer fees combined brings a total of 294 million Euros on the bench. A strong bench is very important in modern day football, with the large number of matches that will be played during a season. But rotation in the very first match of the season doesn’t seem likely. Valverde has probably more faith in the eleven players he started this match with.

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