Manchester City assemble first ever BILLION-EURO squad in history ahead of European powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid
Manchester City have become one of Europe's top powerhouses in recent times after winning back-to-back Premier League titles in record style.
But it's not just on the pitch that they are breaking records. Off it, they have become the first club to assemble a billion-euro squad in the history of football, according to the CIES Football Observatory.
After spending €168million in the summer, which saw them bring in the likes of Rodri from Atletico Madrid and Joao Cancelo from Juventus, it has taken them over the €1bn mark.
TOP 20 MOST EXPENSIVE SQUADS
1) Manchester City - €1.014bn
2) Paris Saint-Germain - €913m
3) Real Madrid - €902m
4) Manchester United - €751m
5) Juventus - €719m
6) Barcelona - €697m
7) Liverpool - €639m
8) Chelsea - €561m
9) Atletico Madrid - €550m
10) Arsenal - €498m
11) Everton - €486m
12) Tottenham - €465m
13) AC Milan - €408m
14) Inter Milan - €364m
15) Bayern Munich - €352m
16) Monaco - €348m
17) Napoli - €325m
18) Borussia Dortmund - €321m
19) Leicester - €312m
20) Valencia - €266m
That puts them ahead of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, who brought in the likes of Idrissa Gueye and Abdou Diallo in the transfer window just gone.
Real Madrid sit third on the list following a squad overhaul, bringing in Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes.
Other Premier League sides in the top 20 include Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham and Leicester.
Meanwhile, Madrid's squad is 148 times more expensive than Real Mallorca's in La Liga, and there are huge gaps between the most and least expensive sides throughout the rest of Europe's top five leagues too.
PSG's squad is 114 times more expensive than Nimes while Bayern Munich's is 85 times more than Paderborn's.
Juventus' squad costs 63 times as much as Lecce's while there is the smallest gap in terms of difference in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola's reigning champions cost 32 times more than newly-promoted Norwich.