While rivals Barcelona shelled out a staggering £115.3 million on new players, the most expensive of which was Luis Suarez.
Barca and Real’s commercial power means they will always be able to spend more than the rest of La Liga.
But do you know just how big the gap has become between the mere mortals in Spain’s La Liga and the superpowers in Catalonia and Madrid?
By Stuart Hynd – @supers0nic_
Spanish paper Marca revealed this week how the financial gap has grown out of control in La Liga and why it’s getting harder for the smaller sides to compete.
They claim that Barcelona can spend the most on wages in the division with Real Madrid a close second.
That’s hardly surprising.
But what is shocking is just how far Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia are behind the big two.
Marca say that Barca could easily spend €347.9 million on players wages, while Real Madrid’s maximum is €20 million less, at €328 million.
To put that in its shocking context, Atletico, who won the La Liga title last year, can only spend €105 million on player wages.
Sevilla are fourth at €78.6 million and Valencia round off the top 5 at €73 million.
With a gap of this size already apparent between the Spanish sides, you have to wonder how anyone can claim there is a level playing field in La Liga.
Surely with Barca and Madrid’s commercial power on the increase as the sign bigger and better players, the smaller sides will simply fall even further into mediocrity.
One thing is for sure, Diego Simeone‘s task to retain the league title has just got a hell of a lot harder.