As sports fans in the U.S. prepare for the day’s college football action, the biggest rivalry in club soccer and perhaps the most big-money matchup in sports, kicks off in Madrid.
The La Liga matchup between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, El Clásico, features two of the top international soccer clubs and top 10 most valuable brands in sports. The only other high-profile sports rivalry that can boast that is Yankees versus Red Sox.
There are plenty of interesting economic aspects to explore in this matchup, from the brands capitalizing on the most marketable players on the pitch, to the soaring demand for tickets, as over 81,000 fans look to pack El Bernabéu to see Luis Suarez make his mark on the rivalry in his first return to action after serving a FIFA suspension for biting an Italian defender in the World Cup.
But the most astronomical figures can be found in the player’s weekly salaries, which doesn’t even take into consideration the jaw-dropping transfer fee money spent to acquire these players. Interestingly enough, the money is being evenly spent between the two clubs — out of the 12 highest-paid players in this matchup, each team has six.
Here are the highest-paid players in today’s El Clásico:
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All wage figures via L’equipe France