The English Premier League [EPL] took Europe by storm last season with high clubs from England in the finals of Europe's top tiers of club football, Liverpool and Tottenham slugging it out in the UEFA Champions League final, Chelsea and Arsenal locking horns in Europa League final.
However, the Spanish big boys are out to correct that thread. They have already spent €1 billion in transfers, a record-breaking expenditure. England's EPL transfer window closes on the 9th of August but the Spanish La Liga is still on till the 2nd of September. Over a month to spare and La Liga has spent €1 billion already.
With the big money moves for the likes of Joao Felix, who joined Atletico Madrid from Benfica for a mouthwatering £113 million, Antoine Griezman switching camps from Atleti to Barcelona for £107 million, Real Madrid, of course, being the biggest spenders, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo and Eder Militao joining the Los Galacticos side for a combined fee of £270 million.
Below are probable reasons why the Spanish club has spent so much this season:
1. The outcome of last season
In over a decade, Spain has not lost its grip on European football. The Cristiano-Messi debate had put the league in the limelight again, while Real Madrid and Barcelona were dominating the UEFA Champions League, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid led by Falcao were dominating Europa League. Spain looked like a true force to reckon with but after all the English finals we had in both competitions, Spain needed competitions to regain dominance.
2. Cristiano effect
Hate him or Love him, Cristiano made La Liga a joy to watch, bagging 4 Balon d'Ors in Spain, winning the UEFA Champions League top scorer 7 times in 10 seasons. He joined Juventus after scoring 450 goals for Real Madrid. You can't take 450 goals out of Spain and expect the void not to be felt.
3. Aging Messi
Though Messi outscored everyone in Europe, it was spectacular. You know why? It's simply because the other teams weren't at their best. Real Madrid was struggling, Atletico was inconsistent, Sevilla was conceding goals for fun and almighty Valencia was drawing games like it was art. So, Messi goals didn't sting, which is why Liverpool dumped Barcelona out of the UCL.