Is Europe's top club in crisis? Manchester City suffered their second defeat of the season on Wednesday, this time against Aston Villa 1-0. Leon Bailey scored the winning goal for the Birmingham team and their manager, Unai Emery, for whom it was the first victory in a personal match against Pep Guardiola.
On paper, it seems that City are indeed in one of their toughest periods in recent years, certainly under Guardiola, but as mentioned, the story of the game is Aston Villa, who following the victory moved up to third place in the table with a gap of two points over fourth-placed City.
Financially, Villa seems to be improving in recent years under the owner, Egyptian multimillionaire Nasaf Sawris, who recently invested huge sums of money but is not considered the top payer in England. According to the Premier League's financial statements, Aston Villa are in seventh place with a total player salary of around £115 million per season, while in first place is Manchester United, who pay the highest salary in the league at around £204 million per season. By the way, City's player salary is £202 million.
Tell. An impressive victory, photo: Reuters
The three highest-paid players at Villa are Boubacar Kamara, Clement Langella and Youri Tielemans. Each of the three earns a weekly salary of £150,100. City's goalscorer, Leon Bailey, earns a weekly salary of £400,<>. By the way, the highest paid player in City and the Premier League is Kevin De Bruyne, who earns £<>,<> a week.
The value of the players at City, according to the website Transfermarkt, is €630.7 million. By the way, the player with the highest market value at Villa is Moussa Diaby, whose value is €55 million. By comparison, City's Erling Haaland is worth €180 million.
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