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Real Madrid debt rises to S$980 million

Real Madrid has published accounts for the 2013-14 season, which saw the debt rise to a total of 602 million euros (S$978 million).

The debt has risen by 61 million euros from the total debt of 541 million euros which was posted for the 2012-13 campaign and includes all of the money that the club owes, be it to banks, providers, other clubs and the public administration.

The club owes 75 million euros to banks, while 361 million euros of the debt is short-term and 241 million is long-term debt, which is a worrying factor for the club, given that this summer saw Real Madrid sell some important players, among them Angel Di Maria, Xabi Alonso and young striker, Alvaro Morata.

Slower growth

The club’s income only rose by 5 percent during the 2013-14 season, despite a season which saw Real Madrid reach the final and win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. That shows that perhaps the club is reaching a limit in the number of shirts they are able to sell, despite the arrival of Gareth Bale and could explain the signing of Colombian, James Rodriguez in an attempt to open up the Latin American market.

Real Madrid club president, Florentino Perez will on Sunday explain the accounts at the club’s General Assembly and will no doubt have to face some difficult questions over why the economic reality at the club, differs from the vision (which includes a 500 million euro plan to re-develop the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium) he has consistently offered.

Meanwhile if the debt is not controlled, rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United, or of cutbacks to the club’s youth system, will only continue to grow. - AFP