Why Zenit can buy. How the leader earns in comparison with Spartak and others


Each news about Zenit’s interest in any player, which is quite expensive by RPL standards, can be started by studying the comments of the Championship readers under it. Sometimes this is even more interesting than the information from the transfer market itself. Fans of the rest of the Russian teams fill the Internet space with poisonous, outraged or ironic statements. Here is a typical example – comments under the articles about the possible purchase by the St. Petersburg club of the winger Gremio Pepe for 20 million euros:

“Gas will rise in price again?”; “The grandmothers tensed”; “It’s not a pity for budget money! The retirement age was raised for their toys! “…

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To prick an opponent – with truth or outright lies – is a special pleasure. Moreover, on the Internet, where no one sees a participant in a football war in the face. Write what you want, and only God (named Moderator) is your judge.

But one really can’t help but wonder how Zenit, under pressure from financial fair play, finds funds for expensive newcomers. Over the previous five years, from summer 2015 to summer 2020, the St. Petersburg club spent 263.44 million euros on transfers. Without a doubt, more than any other RPL representative.

Obviously, the main sources of earnings for Zenit itself are the sale and rent of their own players, as well as performances in European competitions. If you look at the statistics of exit transfers for the same five years, it turns out that the champions of Russia received almost as much as they spent: ten transfer windows added 204.63 million euros to the budget of the St. Petersburg club. Here is a complete list (according to Transfermarkt.ru) of the players sold:

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Hulk (Shanghai SIPG, 55.8 million)

Leandro Paredes (PSG, 40 million)

Ezequiel Garay (Valencia, 24 million)

Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian, 20 million)

Salomon Rondon (West Bromwich, 17 million)

Victor Juliano (Fenerbahce, 7 million)

Ernani (rent and transfer to Parma, 5.48 million)

Christian Ansaldi (rent and sale at Genoa, 4.65 million)

Mikha Mevlya (Sochi, 4 million)

Elmir Nabiullin (Sochi, 3 million)

Dmitry Poloz (Sochi, 3 million)

Vukashin Yovanovic (Bordeaux, 3 million)

Matthias Kranevitter (Monterrey, 2.6 million)

Luka Djordjevic (Lokomotiv, 2.25 million)

Ivan Novoseltsev (Sochi, 2 million)

Emiliano Rigoni (rent at Atalanta, Sampdoria and transfer to Elche, 2.0 million)

Oleg Shatov (lease to Krasnodar, 2 million)

Javi Garcia (Betis, 1.5 million)

Nicholas Lomberts (Ostend, 1.5 million)

Ibragim Tsallagov (Sochi, 800 thousand)

Pavel Mogilevets (“Rostov”, 700 thousand)

Robert Mack (lease in PAOK, 600 thousand)

Egor Baburin (“Rostov”, 500 thousand)

Christian Noboa (Sochi, 500 thousand)

Andrey Panyukov (Ural, 300 thousand)

Denis Terentyev (Rostov, 300 thousand)

Artyom Dziuba (loan to Arsenal, 120 thousand)

In another 30 cases, the amounts for the rent of Zenit players are not indicated, but they bring the St. Petersburg club closer to the 263 million euros spent during this period. In addition, the amount of the transfer of Paredes to PSG is higher, since another 7 million euros, according to the French media, were registered in bonuses. The Argentine has already become a champion with PSG and reached the Champions League final.

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For comparison, the figures of Zenit’s main competitors for the same five years: Spartak – 73.13 million; CSKA Moscow – 68.92 million euros; Krasnodar – 52.80 million; Lokomotiv – 38.80 million; Dynamo – 22.47 million. The difference is very large, and with the last two metropolitan clubs, it is simply colossal!

As for the money earned in European competitions, Zenit has received 100.4 million euros from UEFA in five years. The most profitable was the last Champions League, in which the St. Petersburg club scored seven points in the group stage, but finished fourth. It brought in 40.9 million. The best in the history of the blue-white-blue Champions League of the 2015/2016 season replenished the budget of the Russian champions by 30.6 million. Champions League.

Surprisingly, the unsuccessful Champions League of the 2020/2021 season also gave serious money. It has already been calculated that the St. Petersburg club will receive 34.9 million euros from bonuses and other payments. Some of these funds can be allocated for transfers. In addition, Zenith will sell Sebastian Driussi or someone else from the legionnaires to make room for a new legionnaire. Hence the opportunity to bring players of Pepe’s value to the RPL.

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