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Performance vs. Salaries – Serie A

After assessing the Barclays Premier League, today we examine the relationship between sporting performance and the average annual salaries paid per player of the clubs from the Italian Serie A.

First, we will look at each season between 2016/2017 and 2019/2020 (until matchday 24) to analyse which clubs achieved better results between these variables. Then, we will examine the 15 clubs that remained in Serie A during these seasons and how they performed compared with how much they paid per player on average.

2016/2017

In 2016/2017 season of Serie A, Juventus (who else?) won the competition while also having the highest annual average salary per player.

From a positive perspective, Atalanta achieved the 4th position in the competition with only the 14th highest average salary amount. On the other hand, Genoa were the case with less success, finishing in the 16th spot with the 8th highest average annual salary per player.

Juventus, AS Roma, Torino and Sassuolo were in the same position in the salaries ranking as they were in the competition.

2017/2018

In the following season, Juventus were crowned champions once more with the highest annual average salary per player.

Atalanta were again the surprise, getting the 7th position in the league with only the 13th highest salary value. On the opposite side, AC Milan, Bologna and Hellas Verona were the cases with less success: the Milan giant finished in the 6th place with the 2nd highest amount per players, Bologna finished in the 15th position with 11th highest amount, and, finally, Hellas Verona achieved the 19th place with the 15th highest value per player.

Only Juventus achieved the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the competition.

2018/2019

In 2018/19 Serie A campaign, Juventus once more got the title with the highest annual average salary per player.

From a positive perspective, Atalanta achieved the 3rd position in the competition with the 13th highest salary value. On the other side of the coin, Fiorentina were the case with less success, finishing in 16th place with the 8th highest average annual salaries per player.

Juventus, Torino, Sampdoria, Bologna, and Frosinone achieved the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the competition.

2019/2020

With 24 matches played, Juventus were top of the Serie A in 2019/20 with the highest annual average salary per player of the league.

On the positive side, Hellas Verona performed incredibly well in the 7th position in the competition with the 2nd lowest salary amount. On the other hand, Torino were the case with less success, occupying the 14th place with the 7th highest average annual salaries per player.

Only Juventus and Internazionale have managed to achieve the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the competition.

2016/2017 to 2019/2020 – Which club profits more from the players’ salaries

Finally, we analysed the performance and salaries of the 15 clubs that took part in Serie A between 2016/2017 and 2019/2020 (until matchday 24).

The giant Juventus are the club with the highest average annual salary per player. Atalanta, with recent brilliant campaigns, are the club with more success when comparing sporting performance and salaries since, on average, they got the 5th place with only the 13th highest average amount per player.

Sources: sporting intelligence; football-industry.com; zerozero.