Though the A-League still operates within a salary cap, there's no doubt some clubs invest more in their squad than others with marquee signings only creating further disparity.
With the season's standings quickly taking shaping, Goal decided to take a look at the current market value of every A-League side to see how their performances this campaign stack up to their approximate worth.
The overall values of each squad are decided by the combined value of every player's current evaluation and have been supplied by Transfermarkt (correct as of February 15, 2019).
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Check out every club's squad value below...
#1 Melbourne Victory - £12.51m (AU $22.58m)
Boasting big names like Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen, it's no surprise to see Victory top of the list.
While they've splashed the cash, Kevin Muscat's side has increased in value this season with the good form of James Troisi, Terry Antonis and Kosta Barbarouses bumping up the squad's overall worth.
Currently second in the A-League, Victory will be disappointed not to claim the Premiers Plate but would find consolation should they claim consecutive A-League championships.
#2 Sydney FC - £11.45m (AU $20.66m)
Originally known as Bling FC, the Sky Blues weren't able to splurge quite as much cash this season after missing out on the marquee signing of Fernando Torres.
Instead, they've made the most of a well-balanced squad still benefitting from the presence of Milos Ninkovic and bolstered by the addition of Iranian striker Reza Ghoochannejhad in January.
A top-two finish in the A-League will be seen as the bare minimum this season with one eye also firmly on Asia.
#3 Melbourne City - £9.61m (AU $17.34m)
Bolstered by investment from City Football Group, Melbourne City were always going to be high on this list.
While the club has spent considerable cash tied up in frozen out star Bruno Fornaroli and Socceroo Jamie Maclaren, their young talent is ensuring City's stocks continue to rise.
#4 Perth Glory - £8.60m (AU $15.5m)
Tony Sage isn't a man afraid to put his money where his mouth is and has given Tony Popovic enough room to rebuild the Glory squad this season.
The result has seen Popovic assemble one of the strongest overall A-League squads in a long time with Perth getting plenty of value for money with what they've got.
While Diego Castro is the star of the side, this Glory team is much more about the sum of its parts rather than one or two players.
#5 Brisbane Roar - £8.33m (AU $15.03m)
While the departure of Adam Taggart will have brought this figure down, Roar fans will be worried to see that their side has failed to live up to its supposed worth.
Brisbane have brought in a number of classy foreigners in the form of Eric Bautheac and Tobias Mikkelsen but that hasn't stopped them putting in one of their worst ever seasons.
With a new coach imminent, the entire squad could be due for an overhaul.
#6 Western Sydney Wanderers - £7.67m (AU $13.8m)
While the Wanderers have tightened the purse strings in recent seasons, they still have a squad on paper that should be delivering more.
With imports Oriol Riera and Alexander Baumjohann, Western Sydney's current team hasn't come cheap and fans will be disappointed to see their side miss finals for a second season running.
Expect a bit more cash to be splashed next season with the club's new stadium.
#7 Newcastle Jets - £6.91m (AU $12.47m)
Now a club grounded by its smart financial investments, Newcastle have found a way to carve out some success over the past year on a budget.
Their fairytale turnaround last season showed A-League success doesn't necessarily require a bucket load of money - though their shaky form this season suggests it does help in the long term.
Would be massive for the club moving forward if they were to secure Asian Champions League qualification.
#8 Wellington Phoenix - £6.71m (AU $12.1m)
A further testament to the work Mark Rudan has done in turning the Nix around this season.
The Nix didn't really splash the cash over the off-season, failing to land a big-name marquee, but they've still managed to turn a corner on the pitch.
Shrewd foreign recruitments like that of Steven Taylor and Filip Kurto have proven invaluable, while the team's younger players have continued to improve.
#9 Adelaide United - £6.59m (AU $11.8m)
Sitting fourth in the A-League, the Reds continue to succeed without significant financial investment in their squad.
Marco Kurz has instead assembled a spirited side that while lacking the shine of a big name, fights until the final second of every game.
The acquisition of Craig Goodwin over the off-season has been one of the best transfers for the club in a long time.
#10 Central Coast Mariners - £5.90m (AU $10.65m)
A club that continues to be hamstrung by investment in the squad with the Mariners set to pick up back-to-back wooden spoons.
While the departure of Ross McCormack has seen the squad value drop significantly, Central Coast was never going to compete with other clubs financially this season.
Though it's unrealistic for them to spend money they don't have, more investment is clearly needed if they hope to turn their poor form around.