How much money have FC Barcelona spent since Lionel Messi’s departure?
The LaLiga giants have been in a financial crisis and have struggled to find a replacement for Messi since he left the club in the summer of 2021.
Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona parted ways in the summer of 2021 and since then the LaLiga side has struggled to be competitive across all competitions. The club’s finances have prevented them from signing big names and it was the reason why they couldn’t extend Messi’s contract last year.
Since the Argentine ace left Barça, they have mostly signed free agents to try to fill in that void but failed to win trophies. Last season they signed Sergio Agüero and Eric García from Manchester City and Memphis Depay from Lyon. Unfortunately, Agüero had to retire because of a heart issue that emerged in December 2021.
Life without Messi
Since Xavi Hernández took over the managerial job in late-September, replacing Ronald Koeman, Barcelona have signed Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Adama Traoré (Wolves) and Dani Alves (free agent). The LaLiga side spent a total of $55 million on Torres and the rest of the players came in as free agents.
Now Barcelona are back in the market this summer in search of new players and have confirmed the arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. The LaLiga giants have paid $50.4 million to the Bundesliga side for the Polish international and he is expected to join the team on its preseason tour of the United States.
Before signing Lewandowski, Barça confirmed the signing of Raphinha earlier this week. The Blaugrana paid $49.9 million for the Brazilian striker and now they have doubled the amount of money they spent during the winter transfer window.