Barcelona tops football revenues league table

Ross Houston
January 15, 2020

Barcelona's revenues for the season were over four times those of Napoli (€207.4m), the 20th-placed club and one of just two new entries into the league, highlighting the growing disparity even between the world's richest football teams.

Sam Boor, senior manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, added: "The impact of participation and performance in UEFA club competitions on revenue is evident in London and the North West, with the rise of Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs driven by reaching the Champions League knockout stages". Depending on where they are in that range of projected revenue (£560-580m), and if City and Liverpool do well in the Champions League, it could be very, very close.

The top 10 of the list includes five English clubs - Manchester United, which is in third place, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea - German club Bayern Munich in fourth, France's Paris Saint-Germain in fifth and Italy's Juventus in 10th.

"If you think about where we were 10 years ago, the idea that City would overhaul United in financial terms would have seemed far-fetched".

It was the first time Wolves have been included in the list, following their promotion to the Premier League, with revenue reported to be £195.5million.

Deloitte tape-recorded United's earnings in 2008-09 as ₤2785 m, with City virtually ₤200 m behind them on ₤87 m.

Celtic is in the top 100 of richest clubs in the world by the annual ranking of Deloitte Money League - the only Scottish club in the top 100.

As well as Barca's record breaking figures, the study also found that despite finishing in third with total revenue of €711.5 million, Manchester United is "at risk" of losing it's status as the English Premier League's highest earning club for the first time ever.

According to Deloitte, Barcelona posted a revenue of €840.8 million (approximately $936 million) during the 2018/19 season.

The club now on course, Deloitte says, to its stated ambition: to become the first one billion euro Money League club in the years to come.

"What is notable in this edition of the Money League is the apparent continuing emergence of mini-leagues within the Money League, as the largest revenue-generating clubs continue to pull away from the rest".

TV broadcasts made up an average of 44% of a club's income.

"With the club expecting further growth of 30m euros (£25.5m) in commercial revenues and total revenue of nearly 880m euros (£749.5m) in 2019-20, we expect them to retain the top spot in next year's edition".

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