Barcelona have overtaken rivals Real Madrid, in having the largest wage budget in La Liga, according to data released on Tuesday.
According to the numbers from the Spanish league, the money available for Barca’s bills are up to €507million or £448million.
Their main title rivals, Real, meanwhile have a cap on overall salaries that comes in at €199m or £442m.
This is the first time since the introduction of centralised TV rights in Spain, that Barca can outspend the Bernabeu side.
The data comes from strict La Liga measures, which is set to prevent clubs from overspending on wages. The caps, which are made public each season in September, are linked to the total income of each club and covers the wages of players and coaching staff.
In each of the last two seasons, Real have had the bigger budgets. In 2016/2017, Zinedine Zidane’s team had a cap of €419m (£370m), compared to Barca’s €390m (£345m). In 2015/2016, Real could spend up to €431m (£381m), with the Catalan giants on €421m (£372m).
LA LIGA WAGE CAPS
Real Madrid: £442m
Atletico Madrid: £210m
Athletic Bilbao: £60m
Real Betis: £58m
Real Sociedad: £57m
Celta Vigo: £36m
Las Palmas: £26m