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Does the media doing a disservice by downplaying Spurs achievement and not including them in the title race talk? They're currently only 5pts behind with still to play both Liverpool and City.
Top 10 salaries in Europe per month.

1) Messi - 7.27m - Barcelona
2) Ronaldo - 4.11m - Juventus
3) Griezmann - 2.89m - Athletico madrid
4) Neymar - 2.68m - PSG
5) Suarez - 2.54m - Barcelona
6) Bale - 2.19m - Real Madrid
7) Coutinho - 2.01m - Barcelona
8) Alexis Sanchez - 2m - Manchester United
9) Mbappe - 1.51m - PSG
10) Ozil - 1.4m - Arsenal

Interesting, no City player on the list despite our so called "oil money". Any club that wants to sign Coutinho keep in mind his wages :D I can see why Griezmann signed an extension with Athletico Madrid.

Everything is in British pounds

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/top-10-salaries-europe-revealed-13971888
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What do you mean with "so called oil money"?
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This is what I mean when I say Barca wage bill is off the charts. Messi alone costs 3 top players worth in wages but as a squad they are the best paid by miles.
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Griezmann, why is he so high?
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Did you know there exists a list beyond the 0.000001 percentile.
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^Many were expecting Griezmann to sign for Barca in the previous window or the one before
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8 out of the top 10 play or have played for either Barca or Real Madrid...
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Prem
1. Sanchez 350k/wk (Utd)
Ozil 350k (Arsenal)
3. Pogba 290k (Utd)
4. KDB 280k (City)
5. Lukaku 250k (Utd)
6. Aguero 240k (City)
7. Kane 200k (Tot)
Hazard 200k (Chels)
Mahrez 200k (City)
Salah 200k (Liv)
De Gea 200k (Utd)
Aubamayang 200k (Arsenal)
Lacazette 200k (Arsenal)
14. Kepa 192k (Chels)
15. Mkhitaryan 180k (Arsenal)
Van Dijk 180k (Liv)
17. Fred 170k (Utd)
18. Mata 160k (Utd)
19. David Silva 160k (City)
20. Fabregas* 156k (Chels)
*until his departure to Monaco

United- 6 players in top 20,
Arsenal- 4
City- 4
Chelsea- 2 (was 3)
Liverpool- 2
Tottenham- 1

Note, don't know exactly how this translates to monthly payouts as you have in your Mirror reference.
Also, this data may not be 100% accurate as it's from December

EDIT:
21. Kompany (150k)
21. Sterling (150k)
23. Gundogan (140k)
23. Chicharito (140k)
25. Fabinho

TOP 25
City - 7
United - 6
Arsenal - 4
Liverpool - 3
Chelsea - 2
Tottenham - 1
West Ham - 1 (nice)
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Ah man I've been waiting so long for this, thought he might have run out of ways to paint his club as the moral bastion of sensible finances.

Glad to have you back, mate.
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And people wonder why arsenal fans get on ozil's back. In theory he should be tearing the league up. Exclude is absence this season.
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@Honestabe I don't know why you didnt provide a source? maybe you just made those numbers up but Mahrez is on 90K per week NOT 200K so those numbers are wayyyyy off! Mahrez was on 70K at Leicester we offered him 20K more plus titles and he agreed. Oh and Sanchez is on 500K not 350K so wherever you got these numbers from they are sooooo wrong.
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From the Mirror: Mahrez doubled his wages from 100K to 200K per week.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/riyad-mahrez-net-worth-how-13025940.amp

@FootbalisCity, where are your sources for your last claims? Quite ironic...
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Uh-oh do we have some fake news going around?
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Just lol.
It's always amusing to see fans arguing over wages/salaries, like who cares what X & Y player gets as long as the club can afford to pay him. I wish every PL team could spend like Barca because that usually translates getting good players, which in turn translates into good football on the field, which is what we, as fans, really want and enjoy.
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add Ramsey to that list now, 400K madness, his agent deserves a bonus
It's just what I found from BusinessInsider who has him at 200k, and the next three on the list (21-23) are sterling(150k), kompany(150k) and gundogan(140k) btw.

https://www.businessinsider.com/premier-league-highest-paid-players-2018-8#t7-riyad-mahrez-200000-weekly-137-million-annually-18
this one's from august.

i didn't spend too much time looking into it tbh, so you may be right about mahrez, i couldn't find anything that has him at 90k though.
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There, I edited the original list, more accurate now. ;)
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No, he's just plain wrong about Mahrez XD
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Ronaldo vs Messi was the only game that was making the Spanish league attractive to outside its regular followers but now that Ronaldo left, there is nothing special about El classico and La Liga as a league.
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Yeah El classic used to be about Messi vs Ronaldo, and everyone has an eye on the future neymar vs bale budding rivalry too.. but with Ronaldo a d neymar gone, plus bale never fit, the rivalry is pretty unspectacular now.

What I will say though is it's crazy how philosophies have changed. Now it's Madrid buying or promoting young Spanish talent and Barca buying 'galacticos' like dembele and coutinho, and even older players like boateng...

Where did Barca get all this money? Not only so they have the biggest wage bill, they are spending fortunes on transfer and agent fees as well and yet the gravy train doesn't seem to ever slow down.
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I havent watched a El Classico in years. The quality is still there but its not the same. I rather watch any top 6 English encounter than that. Its certainly lost that glamour.
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Barca was saving a lot of money from the Pep, Villanova and Luis Enrique period. They did not spend much money then and won the Champions League and La Liga on several occasions so all that money saved is being spent now. Real Madrid just won 3 Champions League titles in a row, unless they hit rock bottom and are outside top 4, I doubt they will spend any money. Their president will tell the board this bunch of players won the Champions League 4 times in 5 years we don't need any signings.

Its ironic how we all like the EPL but even in current state Barca or Madrid will easily beat any of the top 6 sides in the EPL, maybe they will have a tougher time with City and Liverpool but they rest will be a walk through for them.
Everything about the El classico with Mourinho at one end, Pep on the other. Messi on end, Ronaldo on the other. Ramos getting violated by Messi. I just loved everything about it.

This is the reason why Tebas didn't want PSG getting Neymar. Neymar brings attraction, viewership and money. Now la liga is in talks to play games in the US and as an American, that's a freaking joke. Season ticket holders in la liga should riot.
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Footballiscity, barca were not saving money, their wage bill is off the charts and they still made huge transfers from Ibra all the way through dembele and coutinho.

I think you are imagining things, neither Barca or Madrid would walk over the top 6. Barca are not the dominant in possession team they once we're, Messi has slowed, Suarez has slowed, the Young guns are inconsistent. No iniesta, no xavi, raketic is getting old, busquets is past it.

Real Madrid with out Ronaldo struggle for goals and consistency. Bale is never fit. Isco on the bench, benzema profligate. Even their wonder kid has been average this season.
They are one of, if not the, biggest clubs in the world. Winning the league on average probably every other year, not to mention CL and domestic cups. Their revenue must be unreal with all of that so they could definitely afford all those signings and wages.
I'm trying to say there must have been a huge spike in recent revenue to be buying players like dembele and coutinho in back to back windows. Barca under pep would never be able to afford that. They couldn't even buy Ibra without selling eto'o
Lol i forgot barca got 200 million pound for neymar, that would explain it.
It is a mystery how Barca is able to spend that much. 220m from Neymar sale helped but that money is already spent on coutinho and Dembele. And we just spent 75m for Frenkie from Ajax. Our revenue was huge last season, almost 900m , but had a profit of just 13m.

I really don't know what the board is doing. Probably some money laundering which they are very good at.
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I'm bored...so I'm gonna complain lol what is going on with this site? The form bars are incorrect, the results tabs are completely out of date, can't update a profile picture successfully, the search engine is an absolute joke, etc...if they didn't have forums this site would get such low traffic. Anyone else experiencing other user issues?
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These issues have been around for years mate lol
The results and fixtures were ok along with profile pic. I wanna get Auba's crazy ass as my pic that's where this post stemmed from.
Yep very annoying, I suppose the mods gave up in the end
@Shaymoose I meant site issues have been around and only getting worse. We've been told that there will be improvements but i don't know when those kick in. Until then we post and enjoy each others' company :D

When the site shuts down, adios brothers and sisters!
Footytube is done. We should start a group on twitter before the inevitable happens. It wont be the same. It wont breed that my clubs forum vs your clubs forum mentality with made this website successful but its something.
you want Aubamayang's ass as your pic?
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haha Maybe that's where I'm having issues with the upload. Can't get past the filter!
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Dead Footytube> twitter
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Teams English fans should be completely unconcerned about playing in the UCL.
PSG
Juventus.

Biggest frauds in Europe. All hype no bite.
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What a load of rubbish
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I wouldn't count them out just yet.

Plus, tbf we have been all hype and no bite in UCL, so can't really talk lol
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Imagine after all these years still believing in the hype train of PSG. It’s like being brainwashed by social media and marketing. And Juve I mean it goes to show how disappointing they are with a stranglehold on their league, te ability to get the best talent in Italy and yet it’s just failure every year.
@moe idk many of any city fans that actually ever believed we were contenders for UCL. I won’t do so until we’re in the semis
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Hopefully you get one of those frauds in the next round if you/they go through.
+1
One can only be so lucky. Take one of them over an English team or Madrid barce Bayern any day
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We keep slating the Spurs (most guilty of it myself) but by golly, these guys keep on grinding those wins. Also, not really the one man team that we labelled them as. Second spot with 4 points away from Liverpool. Anything can happen now.

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Cheers bud. honestly I'm so proud of our lads this season
Son has really stepped up, deserves a new contract. Can't help but think other clubs will be watching him, his so underrated.
Yeah but they were always going to drop back down to 3rd with City inevitably going to cruise past Arsenal.

They have the same number of losses as Arsenal, the joint highest out of the top 6 so it suggests they also have a vulnerability that can be exposed.
They also have the same number of wins as Liverpool and City.
Their defensive setup is very good too that's one of the reasons they're able to play the game how they want to against just about any team. Also the first club in pl history to not bring in any player in 2 consecutive transfer windows and remain dominant is incredible.
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So what are everyone's predictions for the top 6 positions at the end of the season?

I'm gonna go for

1) City
2) Liverpool (I want them to beat City but don't see it happening)
3) Tottenham
4) Arsenal
5) United
6) Chelsea
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Liverpool
City
Spurs
United
Chelsea
Arsenal
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This is where i put my money (not my heart)

Liverpool
City
United
Spurs
Chelsea
Arsenal
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It changes so often...A month ago Chelsea had top 4 locked. Now United look on the rise. Next week Arsenal will most likely be in 6th.
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1. City
2. Liverpool
3. Spurs
4. Chelsea
5. United
6. Arsenal
Liverpool
Spurs
City
Manu
Chelsea
Arsenal
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According to the financial ranking Spurs should be the 6th best club. It's been a few years now since they finished that low.
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I'm inclined to go with Yaldho's prediction, but damn that City team out against Arsenal today looked good...
Chelsea will be a big test. Also, Liverpool has to stumble for City to get in. Long season though, lots of things can happen. I think Spurs are also in now and so are United
I change my mind. I think its gon be

1. City
2. Liverpool

PS: I might change my mind again...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv3AQ5WlY6I

Did he say hurricane or Harry Kane? haha
lol I think he fused it together...and it works.
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http://www.talkingbaws.com/2019/01/video-christian-eriksen-played-an-absolutely-insane-pass-against-chelsea/

Step aside Silva. I think Eriksen has surpassed the little spaniard now. Thoughts?
Silva has had a bit of a dip in form, but if anything I'm seeing City's other Silva taking over the mantle
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Eriksen had an insane dribble earlier on in the game by the touchline surrounded by blue jerseys. I was mesmerized.
i thought spanish silva was injured, not out of form. he's just returned to the side. city play about 30% better with spanish silva in the side, he's the brains of the city midfield operation. kdb gets the credit for assists and goals but it's really spanish silva slicing teams up to create openings before the goals fly in. fernandino is really key too, he's the steel holding the defensive shape together and recycling possession.
^ This. El Mago has rarely been out of form when back in the team. He was indeed injured for a bit. Even when he does not provide the assist - he makes those key passes or 'second assists' all the time while complementing the other free 8 in the team.
Even putting Silva and Eriksen in the same sentence is a disgrace to football but to claim Eriksen is better? Wow! Silva has been doing it consistently for over 10 years!

Many pundits (former professional players) consider Silva as the greatest player of all time in the EPL, nobody talks like that about some Eriksen.
Watching the City/Liverpool game, Spanish Silva was very ineffective. Caught a couple of other City games where he didn't seem up to his usual form via my sample size, but that is simply a testament to how good he usually is.
This season he hasn't been as brilliant as he has been in the past. The guy is 33, natural decline. But guys like him that are tidy on the ball and still find that final pass can last longer than those that rely on speed, trickery, and goals imo.
Actually, I think Eriksen sometimes goes missing. He's able to create a couple of great moments at any time, but the past couple of games I think he's been poor overall.
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I love Eriksen and would love for him to play for Barca. But there's no comparison there. Silva can be compared with the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Pirlo, Lampard, Gerrard while Eriksen is not quite there yet.
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@Joeymac - Silva was coming back from injury for the Liverpool game. Silva has been, in fact, towards his best when he has played without injury this year. Not trying to toot his horn here - but would like to say that he's actually playing his best football and his age is not really showing in the performances. Loving it.
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Obviously I wasn't talking about Silva of the last 10 years haha!!!

He is the best playmaker of the last 10 years without a doubt. I'm talking about on current form! Who has been better in the premier league this season?
+2
I've long wanted Eriksen at Chelsea. He would really kill the advanced MF role.
I don't have a link, so I could be wrong, but apparently Nuno Espirito Santo got sent off for running down the touchline to celebrate Wolves' winner by the same ref who officiated the Merseyside Derby when Klopp ran onto the pitch.

The questions here being: what kind of clarity are we supposed to expect from managers/officials? Were all managers/officials given an official notice after Klopp's incident? Was there a rule in place that just wasn't being followed? If so, why don't you give Klopp a retroactive ban (same rule for "seen incidents" for players)? Does anyone have anything on this?

To me, without clarity it's just a bad look from the league that a top 6 manager is seemingly given a pass for arguably a greater "offense," by the same official no less.
The FA has been inconsistent with their punishments for years.

I think it should be allowed to show some Passion without recieving a ban. Nobody gets hurt when a Manager does that.
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I agree; Klopp's and Nunez passion is what drives the love to the game. The manager is always at fault when things don't go well and the players get credit when the team wins. The managers are also humans and as long as their celebrations don't cause controversy why is the FA trying to banish passion from the managers?

One of my bug's with the FA is their inconsistency when it comes to their decision making.
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I do think they should be fined very sternly, so we don't have managers running down the pitch every single game lol. Sending them off is a bit much in my opinion.

Also, raise your hand if you think the FA is expected to be consistent lol. Bunch of twats they are.
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I saw the highlights, he got sent off for entering the pitch to join the team pileup celebration. i think some sort of punishment is fine, you can celebrate on the sidelines without entering the pitch

but point still stands, klopp has done the same and was not punished.

edit, nvm, i think he was punished, just not by the referee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g_qjKkk-II


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20
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4
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44
15
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5
20
26
2
60
29
25
54
6
0
20
26
3
51
17
35
52
5
6
15
26
4
50
16
37
53
6
5
15
26
5
50
16
29
45
6
5
15
26
6
39
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33
34
9
6
11
26
7
37
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34
34
9
7
10
26
8
33
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39
36
12
6
9
27
9
33
-7
39
32
11
6
9
26
10
33
-10
47
37
13
3
10
26
11
32
-3
34
31
12
5
9
26
12
27
-7
34
27
13
6
7
26
13
27
-11
39
28
13
6
7
26
14
27
-18
47
29
13
6
7
26
15
25
-12
34
22
13
7
6
26
16
25
-23
47
24
15
4
7
26
17
24
-16
44
28
12
9
5
26
18
17
-33
58
25
17
5
4
26
19
11
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14
19
5
2
26
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