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Real Madrid star Kroos takes dig at Premier League money chasers

12:06 AM SGT 6/9/22
Toni Kroos 2022-23
Toni Kroos has taken aim at the Premier League and players who move to the English top flight in search of higher salaries rather than wins.
  • Premier League clubs outspend European rivals
  • Kroos says money doesn't guarantee success
  • Real Madrid remain kings of Europe

WHAT HAPPENED? The midfielder argued that English teams have underperformed in Europe despite the huge sums invested by Premier League clubs, particularly in the summer 2022 transfer window. Kroos was part of the Real Madrid side that beat Liverpool in last year's Champions League final to pick up the European Cup for the fifth time in his career.

WHAT HE SAID: "TV money has been significantly higher in England for years and yet it hasn't resulted in English teams winning everything," he told the OMR podcast. "Thank God not all players look only at salary but also at winning many titles and to grow more."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Premier League clubs enjoyed a record-breaking summer window, spending a total of £1.9 billion on players to beat the previous record of £1.4bn set in 2017. Clubs in the English top flight spent more than those in Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A and the German Bundesliga combined.

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WHAT NEXT FOR REAL MADRID? Kroos and Real Madrid begin the defence of their Champions League crown on Tuesday at Celtic.