The summer of 2016 will be remembered for a number of things. And no, not just because of the three-month-long Paul Pogba-to-Manchester United saga that turned Adidas’ ad campaign into a total mess of blah, blah, blah.
But when it comes to what’s still actually in Turin, it’s all about what kind of cash Juventus spent this summer, one of the club’s highest-ever spending sprees during June, July and August. Director general Beppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici had the money to spend, and they certainly did just that.
We know all about the transfer fees by now. But we got the other end of the equation with the players all signed, sealed and delivered as we hit the first-full week of September.
Wednesday morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport features the annual release of salary information that we have come to anticipate with the closing of every summer transfer window and the start of a brand new season. To the nobody’s surprise, the biggest of figures as a heavy bianconero-colored theme to it, with all three of the main categories of big financial figures being led by those who are currently employed by Juventus.
What are those things exactly? Well, here you go...
- Juventus has the highest-paid player in all of Serie A, Gonzalo Higuain at €7.5 million a season.
- Juventus has the highest-paid manager in all of Serie A, Max Allegri at €5 million a season.
- Juventus has the highest team payroll in all of Serie A at €145 million. It was €124 last season.
Of course, the only next logical step is to show all of Juve’s 2016-17 season payroll. Here it is, with first team players listed below.
Juventus wages for the 2016-2017 season. pic.twitter.com/RMs3BcIimj— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) September 7, 2016
Side note No. 1: Higuain’s salary of €7.5 million is more than half of what the entire Crotone teams makes this season (€14 million). That’s pretty crazy.
Side note No. 2: Expect some of those numbers to change relatively soon with contract extensions reportedly in the works for Paulo Dybala and Leonardo Bonucci (and probably a few others, too).
One final side note that is just funny for some incredibly obvious reasons: Paolo De Ceglie, who will not be playing for Juventus this season unless there are extreme circumstances, makes €1.7 million a season. He would be the highest-paid player on 13 other Serie A teams.
DJ Paolino jokes aside, none of the salary information above should be surprising considering how Juventus’ overall financial standing has greatly improved under Andrea Agnelli’s tenure as president. Juve were well in the red back in 2010. Now, Juve are financially healthy officially in positive territory in terms of its bank account and set to make record-setting profits in terms of revenue during the 2016-17 season.
All of this has allowed Juventus the way the club has this summer. You don’t go and spend a club-record €90 million for Higuain, another €32 million for Miralem Pjanic and€23 for Marko Pjaca and not even blink twice about it. Times are good. Very, very good.
What does this all mean? That Juve are more than willing to spend more and more as the years are going by. The club can do that because of selling a few assets, but also because of how financially stable they have become under Agnelli’s watch. It’s all good in the hood, man. And it’s never bad to see Juventus flex some of their financial muscle over its closest league rivals every now and then, that’s for sure.