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Brits heading to Madrid for the most expensive match in the world

Fri 20th Nov 2015 | Money & Finance

The hype before any clash of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona is always immense and the huge appeal of this Saturday’s showdown will see fans from 38 different countries – including many Brits - head to Madrid for the ‘most expensive match in the world’, with some of them paying more than £1750 for a ticket.

This is El Clásico, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo vs Leo Messi, the 10 times European Champions vs the current kings of Europe, “Culés” vs “Merengues” and for some it’s Spain vs Catalonia. Barcelona go into the games as leaders of Spain’s La Liga, with Real Madrid just three points behind them, as Messi gets set for a return from injury.

Such is the appetite to see the world’s best players in action and the demand for tickets the average price to see the titanic struggle for Spanish bragging rights makes it the most expensive club game in the world, with an average resale price of £616 on the open market, according to Ticketbis.net.

That compares with average prices of £452 for the Chelsea vs Manchester United clash last May and £450 for the Liverpool vs Manchester United game in March 2015, as the most expensive English matches to get tickets for on the open market.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are not only two of the best football teams in Spain, they are also considered to be two of the best clubs on the planet. Real are the richest football club in the world, making over four hundred million pounds a year, whilst Barcelona’s Leo Messi is said to earn nearly £50m a year himself.

But it’s not just on the pitch where cash rules. Data from Madrid based online ticket platform Ticketbis, shows the cheapest tickets for the match are going for £237.41 whilst the most expensive price paid so far is £1890.

In terms of international appeal fans from the UK are amongst those with the most hunger to get into the ground, with 9% of resold tickets being snapped up by Brits, just behind the USA (9.1%) and just ahead of South Korea (7.9%) in terms of percentage of overseas tickets sales.

Ander Michelena, CEO of Ticketbis, commented, “We’ve seen massive interest in this match again, with fans buying tickets for Saturday’s game from all over the world including people from Japan, South Korea, Australia, North and South America and all over Europe. American and British fans love El Clasico and as well as being the biggest club match in the world it’s also the most expensive to attend.”

Ticketbis have also calculated that of the 50 most expensive individual games in the top six European football leagues 20% of the matches have been previous clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Image: REUTERS/Juan Medina via Action Images

Posted by: Kev Howland

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