Premier League - Liverpool 'spent £7.5m per point'
Wed, 05 Oct 09:28:00 2011
Liverpool's new owners spent £7.5 million for each Premier League point they picked up between last October's purchase of the club and the end of last season, a leading football survey said.
The FourFourTwo annual football rich list said the Fenway Sports Group owned by John Henry had paid greater than £2m more for each point than the world's richest club Manchester City had since being taken over by Abu Dhabi investors in September 2008.
Liverpool's cash-strapped city rivals Everton, in contrast, spent around £48,000 per point between Bill Kenwright buying the club in 2004 and the end of last term.
City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is again the richest person in English football, worth £20 billion, according to the list.
Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi's ruling Al-Nahyan family, has invested heavily in City since the 2008 takeover and has been rewarded by seeing the team qualify for this season's Champions League and win the 2011 FA Cup.
They have also made a positive start to the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League season which has put them on course to challenge Manchester United for the domestic title.
Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov is now wealthier than QPR shareholder Lakshmi Mittal. Usmanov is now reported to be worth £12.4bn, with Indian steel magnate Mittal slipping to third with a fortune of £11.8bn.
Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich sits fourth on the list, with the report stating his fortune grew by £2.9bn over the year to reach £10.3bn.
Malcolm Glazer, the controversial owner of Manchester United, has reportedly increased his fortune by £110million to remain ninth on the list. Liverpool owner John W Henry, whose consortium completed their buy-out of the club just over a year ago, is the highest new entry on the list, with the American going in at 20th.
England's Fabio Capello is the richest manager with a personal wealth of £38m compared to second-placed Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson with £27m.
David Beckham remains the richest English player with an estate estimated at £135m.
PA Sport / Reuters