Reports in Spain claim that the sale of La Liga season tickets for the 2013-14 campaign are down over last season.
The combination of the country’s economic crisis and the heavy debt that has engulfed Spanish football means that teams cannot afford to keep their stars, with most of them heading to the Premier League this summer.
Despite this backdrop, 11 teams have increased season ticket prices for this season: Almeria, Barcelona, Celta Vigo, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Levante, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Real Valladolid. The remainder have lowered their prices except for Real Betis, who have maintained the same cost.
The cheapest highest-priced season ticket on offer is at Levante for €440, while the most expensive is the €1,840 Real Madrid fans would need to cough up to get prime seats in the Santiago Bernabeu.
La Liga President Javier Tebas said last year that the number of spectators at grounds in Spain had fallen 2.4% compared with the previous season and higher ticket prices is not the way to being more fans into the grounds.