Top 10 Most Expensive Starting Line-Ups Of Champions League 2020
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Top 10 Most Expensive Starting Line-Ups Of Champions League 2020

Check out the ten most expensive line-ups of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions' League.

In recent years, we've seen wild and exuberant contracts being dished out to soccer stars all across Europe. For 2020, the case was exactly the same, although we saw numbers reach a new high. Naturally, you might be thinking just how much Champions League starting lineups might cost an owner. 

What about Champions League Final starting lineups? Well, in this piece, we take a look at the salaries of the top teams in Europe, including the most expensive starting lineup out there, which belongs to the one and only FC Barcelona. 

10. Borussia Dortmund-$199.3 million

German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund comes in at No. 10 on this list, as their payroll for 2020 is right around $200 million. A powerhouse in Europe, the team features stars such as Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Axel Witsel, Erling Haaland and many others. 

While they were knocked out of the Round of 16 by Paris Saint-Germain, Dortmund seemingly always makes other teams nervous in this prestigious competition. Expect that to be the case for many years to come, especially with their high budget allowing them to go after some of the top players in the world. 

9. Atletico Madrid-$225.2 million

With legendary manager Diego Simeone at the helm, Atletico Madrid remains a giant in the European ranks. In 2020, they shocked the world by taking down Liverpool in the Round of 16, securing their trip to the quarterfinals with a stunning 3-2 win at Anfield. 

High salaries on the team include Alvaro Morata, who is scheduled to make nearly 22 million euros alone in 2020. Other stars on the team with high payouts are Diego Costa, Joao Felix and Koke. In total, the team's budget was more than $225 million this year. 

8. Juventus-$277.4 million

It should come as no surprise Italian giants Juventus have a uber-high 2020 salary. That's always going to be the case when you have guys like Cristiano Ronaldo on the books. This season, the defending Serie A champions were paying out salaries in a total of more than $277.4 million. 

Despite Ronaldo climbing in age, he continues to be a sensational player and isn't ageing one bit on the pitch. With him on the field for Juventus, they're always going to be a threat to go on a deep run in the Champions League. 

7. Chelsea-$292.2 million

After winning the Europa League in the spring of 2019, the Blues of Chelsea have made a strong return to the Champions League this season. In doing so, they've got a budget that's closing in on $300 million for the 2019-20 campaign. 

Nevertheless, Frank Lampard's group is trying to get the team from London back to its finest form, which of course includes winning the Champions League title back in 2012. 

6. Liverpool-$315.7 million

Being one of the best teams in the Champions League over the past three seasons hasn't come cheap for Liverpool. After coming in second place in 2018, the Reds returned to the final in 2019 and took down Tottenham for their sixth Champions League title. Despite falling to Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16 in 2020, there's no denying Liverpool has been at the top of the CL mountain in recent years. 

This past season, their salary totals were north of $300 million, as they're paying Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and others top dollar. 

5. Manchester City-$330.6 million

Pep Guardiola has Manchester City as the top dog in the English Premier League. That will happen when you win back-to-back championships in 2018 and 2019. City has also enjoyed a nice run in 2020, led by the strong play of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker

Winning all their titles and going on strong runs in the Champions League hasn't come cheap, however, as Man City has a salary total of more than $330 million this year. 

4. Bayern Munich-$334.4 million

Bayern reminded Chelsea in March just how dangerous of a team they can be, taking down the English side 3-0. Not only that, this game was played on Chelsea's home turf at Stamford Bridge. Regardless, Bayern still spanked the Blues and sent a message to the rest of Europe. 

The team has a monster payroll this season, which includes Polish sensation Robert Lewandoski and Philippe Coutinho both making more than $20 million. Other top earners include Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman and Jerome Boateng. 

3. Paris Saint-Germain-$357.8 million

PSG has won the Ligue 1 title in the last three seasons. Its dominant play in France can't be overstated. The team is looking to match its success in Ligue 1 in the Champions League, which is why they've gone out and attracted some of the best talent available. 

It should come as no surprise they're payroll is so high, seeing as they're paying Neymar alone more than 36 million euros this year. They've also got to pay Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, Angel Di Maria and more. 

2. Real Madrid-$456.8 million

The battle for the top spot for the highest salaries came between the two best teams from Spain and La Liga. In this case, Real Madrid checks in at No. 2 with its $456.8 million. The majority of its money is going towards Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and others. 

Rumours continue to swirl Real Madrid is making a strong push to try and buy Paul Pogba from Manchester United. If they land him, next year's numbers will skyrocket. 

1. Barcelona-$560.8 million

To no surprise, FC Barcelona is No. 1 on the list, as its player expenses topped an unreal $560.8 million over the past year. Club legend Lionel Messi is the highest-paid player, but the team is also shelling out huge dough to Luis Suarez, Frenkie De Jong, Gerard Pique, Arturo Vidal and more. 

In its history, the Catalans have won the Champions League five times. With so many stars on the team, you can expect title No. 6 to come sooner than later.