£23m vs £201m! The Cost of a Championship: Leicester City vs Chelsea Title Winning Teams Starting XI Costs

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Leicester City have finally completed one of the most remarkable stories in the history of English football by winning the Premier League title on Monday night.

Written off as relegation candidates at the start of the season, when the bookmakers made Leicester 5,000-1 outsiders to be crowned champions, they secured the first top-flight title in the club’s history after Tottenham were unable to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.

Spurs had to win in West London, in order to keep their faint title hopes alive, after Leicester’s point at Manchester United on Sunday, but the North London side let a two goal lead slip to draw 2-2, which handed the Foxes a historic triumph.

Whilst there are many in the world of football and in indeed in Leicester who currently still sit in disbelief over what has transpired in the Premier League this season, there is no denying that the Foxes have been worthy champions.

What has made their success even more staggering is their squad is made up of a group of players who cost significantly less than many teams in the Premier League, and in fact Claudio Ranieri’s side cost just under eight times as much as fourth place Manchester City.

In order to prove just how incredible Leicester’s achievements are, we have decided to compare the costs of this 2016 title winning team, to that of Chelsea’s triumphant side last season.

It looks like the Foxes have disproved the theory that you need to spend big in order to win the Premier League title in the modern era.

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Leicester XI v West Ham- April 17, 2016

Kasper Schmeichel

Signed from Leeds for a fee believed to be around £2million.

Danny Simpson

The full back signed from QPR for a fee in the region of £2million.

Robert Huth

The German defender signed from Stoke for £3million.

Wes Morgan

Wes Morgan

The 32-year-old joined the Foxes from Nottingham Forest for £1million.

Christian Fuchs

Signed on a free transfer from Schalke.

Danny Drinkwater

The England international signed from Manchester United for a fee of £1million.

N’Golo Kante

The midfield powerhouse signed from French side Caen for £5.6million.


Riyad Mahrez

This season’s PFA player of the Year was signed for a measly £400,000 from French Ligue 2 side Le Harve.

Marc Albrighton

The 26-year-old was released by recently relgated side Aston Villa, before signing for the Foxes on a free transfer.

Shinji Okazaki

Signed from Bundesliga side FSV Mainz for £7million.

Jamie Vardy

This year’s Football Writers’ Association player of Year winner joined the Foxes for £1million, from League One side Fleetwood Town.

Total XI cost: £23million

Chelsea XI v Hull City – March 22, 2015

Courtois Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois

The Belgian keeper joined the Blues in 2011 for a reported fee of £7million from Belgian side Genk.

Branislav Ivanovic

Signed from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow for a fee in the region of £9.5million.

Gary Cahill

The England international arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2012, after signing from Bolton for £7million.

John Terry

The Chelsea legend didn’t cost the club a penny, having been at the club since he was 14-years-old.

Filipe Luis

The Brazilian full-back signed for £15.8million from La Liga side Atletico Madrid, before re-joining the Spanish side one year later, after an unhappy spell in West London.


The Brazilian midfielder signed from Benfica for £17million back in 2010.

Nemanja Matic

After initially being sold to Benfica in 2011, the Blues decided to resign the Serbian international in 2014 for a fee of £21million.


The Brazilian winger signed on at Stamford Bridge in 2012 for £30million from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Cesc Fabregas

The former Arsenal star joined the Blues from Barcelona for a fee believed to be in the region of £30million.

Eden Hazard

The 2014/15 PFA Player of the Year joined the club from Ligue 1 side Lille for £32million back in 2012.

Diego Costa Chelsea

Diego Costa

The controversial Spanish striker arrived at Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for a fee of £32million.

Total XI cost: £201.3million


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