Here’s the salary cap for each La Liga club for the 2022-23 season
Football is one of the most financially lucrative sports in the world, which is why its financial aspects often make headlines. Recent changes to the salary cap for LaLiga clubs have sparked a debate over the fairness of funding big and small clubs. Before delving deeper, let’s first take a closer look at La Liga’s salary cap.
The amount teams are allowed to spend on salaries of players, employees and other associates is set by the LaLiga administrators. La Liga determines the cap by tallying the club’s total income and expenditure, which includes everything from debt repayments to operating expenses. La Liga received a lot of attention last season due to its restrictions on FC Barcelona which banned the team from renewing Lionel Messi’s contract.
Here is the list of the most recent LaLiga salary cap figures for each club:
Elche: 42.672 million euros
Elche’s passionate performances throughout last year’s season far exceeded all expectations. Although they had the lowest salary budget the previous season, they finished in 13th place despite being predicted to be demoted. Their salary cap has been lowered from 44.731 million to 42.672 million this season, and they are set to be relegated again.
Girona: 42.725 million euros
In preparation for the 2022-23 season, Girona, one of the newly promoted clubs this year, has made significant investments. Their salary budget has increased significantly from 9.359 million last season to 42.725 million. Girona will be looking to build on their successful campaign from the previous year and compete fiercely at the top level this year.
Cadiz: 45.977 million euros
Last year, Cadiz was almost demoted. They were in the danger zone until the very last game, but they managed to avoid getting embarrassed. Interestingly, their salary cap dropped this season from 47,602 to 45,977. Whether they are lucky this time or not will be interesting to see.
Real Valladolid: €46.686 million
Another recently promoted team, Real Valladolid, is owned by La Liga icon Ronaldo Nazario. They earned automatic promotion by finishing second in the Segunda Division. They had the highest salary cap in the Segunda Division last year with a total of 29.826 million.
RCD Mallorca: 49.692 million euros
RCD Mallorca have had rocky fortunes over the season and finished 16th last year. Mallorca struggled to maintain consistency over the season and at one point had to be relegated. They will be looking to progress this season as their wage bill cap has risen from 48.210 million to 49.692 million.
Rayo Vallecano: 49.903 million euros
Rayo Vallecano saw a modest increase in their salary cap this year after finishing 12th in the league the previous year. They also qualified for the Copa del Rey semi-finals the year before, and this time they hope to do even better.
Almeria: €50.749 million
Last season, Almeria won the Segunda Division championship and their salary cap increased almost fivefold. They have excelled in the second division despite a small salary budget, and they are hoping for a passionate performance against stronger opponents.
CA Osasuna: 52.134 million euros
Although they didn’t have a well-known player alongside them last season, CA Osasuna showed incredible spirit. Although their salary cap has dropped from 56.430 million to 52.134 million, they still intend to perform well and defy expectations.
Celta Vigo: €63.855m
Despite a very modest salary cap, Celta Vigo, a well-known team in Spain’s top league, have been performing well for years. Last season, they had a salary cap of $66.447 million and placed 11th.
Getafe: €69.070 million
After narrowly avoiding relegation the previous season, Getafe showed real determination throughout the summer transfer window. They finished 15th overall and narrowly avoided relegation. Last season, they had a payroll budget of $64.688 million.
RCD Espanyol: 72.737 million euros
RCD Espanyol’s wage bill cap has been impacted this season following their dismal 2021-22 campaign. Last season they came in at number 14, far behind where they should have been and what they were capable of. It will be a tough season for Espanyol this time around due to the growing competition.
Valencia: 75.836 million euros
Valencia was once considered one of the heavyweights in the Spanish league, but in recent years its importance has diminished. Last season they came ninth and they even had to fire their manager. They will be looking for a turnaround now that Gennaro Gattuso is in charge for this season.
Real Betis: €96.725 million
Real Betis won the Copa del Rey last season and also had an outstanding performance in La Liga. Despite a low salary cap of 61.254 million, they were able to place fifth and win a trophy. They will be looking for a top four finish this season with a higher cap.
Athletic Bilbao: 127.120 million euros
Last season, Athletic Bilbao came dangerously close to not playing in Europe. They were only four points away from a place in the Europa Conference League. Despite a salary cap of over $100 million, fans might not be happy with eighth place.
Real Sociedad: 111.230 million euros
Real Sociedad finished the previous season in sixth place and will be vying for a Champions League spot this year. Their star player, Mikel Oyarzabal, has scored 15 goals in all competitions. Their salary cap has nearly doubled this season by $20 million.
Villarreal: €151.206 million
Villarreal’s 2021-2022 season has been fascinating. They struggled in the league and still managed to finish seventh, but in the Champions League they beat powerhouses like FC Bayern and progressed to the semi-finals. After increasing their salary cap, they will look to demonstrate it further in League.
Sevilla: €199.855 million
Sevilla have long been the biggest team in LaLiga behind the three titans, and they also finished fourth last season. Although they lost important players like Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos, their salary cap is almost the same this season.
Atlético Madrid: €341.040 million
Atletico Madrid have doubled their wage bill cap for this season after battling the effects of a pandemic in the previous two seasons. The team’s financial situation has been repaired thanks to the return of the fans, and they will aim to translate this into a strong performance on the pitch.
FC Barcelona: 656.429 million euros
The main feature of LaLiga’s roster this season has been FC Barcelona’s stats. They struggled financially the previous year and were unable to sign new players due to a negative salary cap of $144.353 million. However, after selling the Camp Nou naming rights and other assets, its new president Joan Laporta had done a fantastic job of turning the tide.
Real Madrid: €683.462 million
Real Madrid have the biggest salary cap this year, and their continued financial stability in the face of the pandemic speaks volumes about their management. Although their salary cap has decreased this year from 739.163 million to 683.462 million, they have lost top earners like Gareth Bale and Marcelo.
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