Barcelona football club is one of the most successful professional club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The club is also one of the biggest sporting clubs in the world with fans scattered all over the world.
The club was founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English, and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper. The Catalonia club is the third most valuable sports team in the world, worth $4.07 billion, and the world’s third-richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €648.3 million.
Barcelona has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto “Més que un club” (“More than a club”). Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. The official Barcelona anthem is the “Cant del Barça”, written by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs.
Domestically, Barcelona has won 26 La Liga, 30 Copa del Rey, 13 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as being the record holder for the latter four competitions. In international club football, Barcelona has won 20 European and World titles: 5 UEFA Champions League titles, a record 4 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, a joint-record 5 UEFA Super Cup, a record 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and a joint record 3 FIFA Club World Cup.
Barcelona was ranked first in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics Club World Ranking for 1997, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. The club has a long-standing rivalry with Real Madrid; matches between the two teams are referred to as El Clásico.
The current Barcelona manager is Quique Setien, who was appointed after former boss Ernesto Valverde was sacked. The Spanish coach has a contract with the club till 2022.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is the highest-paid player in Barcelona. Messi pockets a weekly wage of £500,000 after signing a new contract at the club which will see him stay put at Nou Camp until 2021.
Luis Suarez is Barcelona’s second-highest earner after signing a new contract at the end of 2016 worth £290,000. While Ousmane Dembele is their third-highest earner, taking home €250,000 following his move from Borussia Dortmund in August.
|RANK||PLAYER||ANNUAL SALARY||WEEKLY WAGES||POS.||AGE|
|1||Lionel Messi||€ 70,758,000||€ 1,360,731||RW||32|
|2||Antoine Griezmann||€ 45,834,000||€ 881,423||CF||28|
|3||Luis Suárez||€ 23,400,000||€ 450,000||CF||32|
|4||Frenkie de Jong||€ 20,834,000||€ 400,654||CM||22|
|5||Sergio Busquets||€ 14,949,000||€ 287,481||DM||31|
|6||Ivan Rakitic||€ 13,354,000||€ 256,808||CM||31|
|7||Gerard Piqué||€ 12,740,000||€ 245,000||CB||32|
|8||Ousmane Dembélé||€ 12,000,000||€ 230,769||LW||22|
|9||Samuel Umtiti||€ 12,000,000||€ 230,769||CB||25|
|10||Sergi Roberto||€ 9,966,000||€ 191,654||CM||27|
|11||Arturo Vidal||€ 9,000,000||€ 173,077||CM||32|
|12||Jordi Alba||€ 8,580,000||€ 165,000||LB||30|
|13||Marc-André ter Stegen||€ 8,580,000||€ 165,000||GK||27|
|14||Arthur||€ 4,883,000||€ 93,904||CM||23|
|15||Neto||€ 3,704,000||€ 71,231||GK||30|
|16||Nélson Semedo||€ 3,429,000||€ 65,942||RB||25|
|17||Clément Lenglet||€ 2,699,000||€ 51,904||CB||24|
|18||Carles Aleñà||€ 869,000||€ 16,712||CM||21|
|19||Júnior Firpo||€ 716,000||€ 13,769||LB||23|
|20||Jean-Clair Todibo||€ 597,000||€ 11,481||CB||19|
|21||Ansu Fati||€ 0||€ 0||LW||16|
|22||Iñaki Peña||€ 0||€ 0||GK||20|
|23||Moussa Wagué||€ 0||€ 0||RB||20|
|TOTAL||€ 27,88,92,000||€ 53,63,308|