How Celtic wage bill compares to Europa League rivals as Brendan Rodgers targets Euro glory
Celtic may dwarf the majority of Scottish football when it comes to the annual wage bill – but the Hoops themselves are small fry in comparison to the big guns they could face in the Europa League.
Brendan Rodgers is preparing his side to face Valencia on Thursday in the first leg of their last 32 clash.
And the Spaniards – winners of the competition in it’s previous guise as the UEFA Cup in 2004 – are packed with talent including stalwart skipper Daniel Parejo, Kevin Gameiro, Geoffrey Kondogbia and the highly-rated teenager Ferran Torres.
Accordingly Valencia’s total wage bill is well ahead of Celtic’s, analysis by respected number crunchers The Swiss Ramble has revealed.
The La Liga giant’s annual wages total £68million – that’s £9m more than the Hoops who last month revealed their annual bill had jumped £7m to £59m with new contracts handed out to key players including Kieran Tierney, Calum McGregor, Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths.
Interestingly though the Hoops’ raked in almost £15m more than their Spanish rivals in revenue streams. The Hoops ‘ revenue – which smashed through the £100m barrier for the first time last year to £102m – compares favourably to Valencia’s £88m.
The stats are available for 21 of the 32 teams competing in the knockout stage of the comptition.
While Celtic’s wage bill is well above RB Salzburg (£41m) who won the Hoops’ group in the previous round, the Scottish champions are dwarfed by the English Premier League big hitters left in the competition including Chelsea (£244m) and Arsenal (£223m) while Inter Milan come in third at £137m.