The Big 4 Cost per Trophy Comparison

Here is a comparison of the transfer spend of the top 4 most successful sides in English football since the establishment of the Premier League in 1992. These lists do not include the Charity Shield, Super Cups or those Intercontinental tournaments that Manchester United have featured in. These statistics do include the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

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With their 11 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League trophies amongst the 20 trophies Sir Alex Ferguson has lifted since the start of the rebranded top flight of English Football, Manchester United have been the most successful side in both the number of trophies won and the money spent to achieve this.  Every Andy Cole-price buy in the 90s equated to a trophy, while a similar fee to that of Dimitar Berbatov has resulted in a trophy during the new millennium.  For Cheslea, Arsenal and Liverpool, it has been a lot more expensive.

However, when it comes to running a business, on nett spend it is Arsenal who are performing better than the competition. Arsene Wenger has done a great job in the transfer market as Arsenal’s nett cost per trophy is as low as £3.85m. Manchester United’s nett cost per trophy is £6.28m, while Liverpool’s is sky high at £28.00m and Chelsea’s a staggering £30.87m.