Champions League highlights growing English dominance in Europe

Champions League final highlights Premier League's growing financial dominance in Europe

With Liverpool poised to wear Premier League standard as they take on legendary La Liga side Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris tonight, the presence of the Reds of Jürgen Klopp could be considered another disaster. warning for football on a larger scale across the continent.

For the fourth time in the last five editions of Europe’s premier club competition, at least one Premier League side have reached the final, which included an all-England final in the 2018-19 season where Liverpool beat Tottenham to Madrid.

A similar landscape has come so close to being created this season if not for Real Madrid’s late heroics putting a break in another all-English affair that would have given Manchester City another chance to come up against the men of Klopp for major honors this season.

But the writing may already be on the wall when it comes to Premier League clubs pushing for Champions League glory after the Financial Times’ John Burn-Murdoch highlighted the financial data around the English football’s enduring growth and why it could lead to the Champions League becoming another playground for England’s top flight.

Although football in Europe was recently born out of the efforts of much of its elite to form a continental Super League, the reality is that the Premier League already has the honor of that particular tag.

As Burn-Murdoch pointed out, going back to 2007-08 would show that Premier League clubs’ total revenue was £1bn higher than La Liga’s, via Deloitte’s annual review. However, today the gap has more than doubled to £2.4bn and has shown no signs of abating.

The Premier League posted £3.1bn for TV rights in 2021-22, compared to £1.8bn for La Liga. That number is set to increase given that La Liga’s TV rights package will shrink to £1.6bn, while the Premier League’s equivalent will continue to rise to £3.4bn (via Football Benchmark analysis).

And the massive gap in net transfer fees highlighted by the Telegraphs Stefan Bienkowski shows the kind of buying power that English football’s elite already possess compared to the rest of Europe’s top five leagues, which is the main reason why a club like Aston Villa can provide transfers for Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos.

Champions League final highlights Premier League's growing financial dominance in Europe

Marseille’s French defender Boubacar Kamara (R) celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with Marseille’s French defender Matteo Guendouzi (L) during the French L1 soccer match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and FC Lorient at Stade Velodrome of Marseille, in the south of France, on October 17, 2021. (Photo by Nicolas TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

The Premier League’s power of attraction will only grow as Chelsea are set to get new ownership after parting ways with Roman Abramovich, and Newcastle are bought by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which , as Burn-Murdoch points out. , means almost every club in the Premier League next season will be owned by a multi-billionaire.

What does this mean for the Champions League? a competition that still hosts titans of the European game like Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich?

As the ridiculous level of talent in England’s player pool continues to swell with the best the continent has to offer – many lured on mercenary salaries, while others relish the chance to prove themselves in the best world league for a top-six side – there are few clubs outside the borders of England who will be able to match the financial muscle and deep star squads that English clubs will be able to boast.

While Real Madrid still have every chance of beating Liverpool in the Champions League final tonight, the massive financial muscle that has begun to burst through English football has enough momentum to keep Europe rolling. it is not controlled.

The writing may already be on the wall.


Liverpool betting odds, next game:

Liverpool vs Real Madrid odds: result, both teams to score, correct score and goalscorers

Liverpool vs Real Madrid result / Both teams to score Yes Nope
liverpool 11/4 3/1
real Madrid 5/1 11/2
To draw 7/2 14/1