Barcelona displaces Real Madrid atop Deloitte Football Money League

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FC Barcelona has made a maiden appearance at the top of the Deloitte Football Money League table. In the process of displacing Spanish compatriot Real Madrid, Barca also became the first professional football club ever to breach the € 800 million barrier in revenues.

‘Eye on the prize – Football Money League 2020’ report has deliberated on the revenue of world’s top 20 professional clubs.

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FC Barcelona, according to the report, has topped the Money League for the first time and also become the first club to break the €800 million ($891 mn) barrier, generating revenue of €840.8m ($937 mn).

It is a Spanish one-two for the second consecutive year. However, the positions swap with Real Madrid dropping to second place with revenue of €757.3 mm ($844 mn). Manchester United (€711.5m / $ 793 mn) and Bayern Munich (€660.1m /$ 735.7 mn) remain in third and fourth position respectively, with Paris Saint-Germain (€635.9m) entering the top five at the expense of Manchester City (€610.6m) who drop to sixth place.

Published just eight months after the end of the 2018/19 season, the Money League is the most contemporary and reliable independent analysis of the clubs’ relative financial performance.

Generating record revenue of €841m, Barcelona reach the top of the Money League for the first time, becoming the first club to break the €800m barrier. Overall, the 20 highest-earning football clubs in the world generated a record €9.3 bn ($ 10.37 bn). The figure last year was  €8.3bn ($ 9.25 bn). There is an increase of 11% in the combined revenue over the year.

There are as many as five English Premier League teams in the top 1o of Deloitte Football Money League whereas three others find themselves in the 11-20 rankings. Other leagues representation belonging in the top 20 DFML list are four from Italy’s Serie A, three from Spain’s La Liga, three from German Bundesliga, and two from French Ligue 1.

FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and Juventus were the highest-ranked club in each of the ‘big five’ leagues.

Look at the 23rd edition of the Deloitte Football Money League (DFML) in which the highest revenue generating clubs in world football along with their squad valuation has been mentioned.

  1. Juventus (Serie A)

The arrival of talismanic forward Christiano Ronaldo, who alone has more Instagram followers than Real Madrid and Barcelona combined, undoubtedly increased Juventus’ commercial appeal. They are the highest-earning team in Italy.

2019 Revenue – € 459.17 million / $ 511.77 mn

Squad Value –  € 800.0 million / $ 891.64 mn

  1. Chelsea (EPL)

The 2019-20 season has seen the appointment of club legend Frank Lampard as manager and a return and a return to Champions League football. Winning the Europe League 2018-19 and finishing fourth in the Premier League has helped them in increasing their revenues.

2019 Revenue – € 513.1 million / $ 571.87 mn

Squad Value –  € 840.8 million / $ 937.11 mn

  1. Tottenham Hotspur (EPL)

Tottenham Hotspur are eighth, the club’s highest-ever position, and have overtaken Arsenal and Chelsea to become London’s highest revenue-generating club for the first time since 1996/97. Broadcast revenues growth of 22% was driven by the club’s progression to the Champions League finals.

2019 Revenue – € 521.1 million / $ 580.79 mn

Squad Value –  € 968.0 million / $ 1.08 nn

  1. Liverpool (EPL)

The last season’s Champions League winner are expected to retain their seventh position in next year’s money league, particularly if Liverpool captures its first Premier League title and enjoys a run to the latter stages of Champions League once again.

2019 Revenue – € 604.7 million / $ 672.36 mn

Squad Value –  € 1.19 billion / $ 1.33 bn

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  1. Manchester City (EPL)

The defending Premier League champions saw 2018-19 season as the club’s most successful ever season on-pitch, becoming the first English club to win a domestic treble, delivering record venue. Man City have the most valued squad of the 2018-19 season.

2019 Revenue – € 610.6 million / $ 680.54 mn

Squad Value –  € 1.30 billion /  $ 1.45 bn

  1. Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1)

The 2018-19 season saw impressive double-digit percentage growth across all revenue streams for Paris Saint-Germain. The French champions have the luxury of two most valuable players in the world in the form of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr.

2019 Revenue – € 635.9 million / $ 708.74 mn

Squad Value –  € 1.01 billion / $ 1.13 bn

  1. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Bayern is clearly the leading German club in the Money League, and this was highlighted on the pitch as the club won the German club and Bundesliga double. With a 5% increase in the revenues of German champions as compared to last year, Bayern Munich finds themselves on the fourth spot among the highest revenue-generating football clubs.

2019 Revenue – € 660.1 million / $ 735.71 mn

Squad Value –  € 893.7 million / $ 996.07 mn

  1. Manchester United (EPL)

Manchester United are at third but are at risk of losing their position as the Premier League’s highest revenue-generating club for the first time in next year’s edition of the Money League. They predict revenue of around 660-670 million euros in 2019-20 and due to their poor performances in the Premier League and having not qualified for Champions League, their position next year might come down.

2019 Revenue – € 711.5 million / $ 793 mn

Squad Value –  € 749.3 million / $ 835.24 mn

  1. Real Madrid (La Liga)

The second-most revenue-generating football club, Real Madrid lost Christiano Ronaldo before the 2018-19 season but still expects to break the € 800 million revenue mark for the first time in the club’s history in the 2019-20 season.

2019 Revenue – € 757.3 million / $ 844.04 mn

Squad Value –  € 1.07 billion / $ 1.19 bn

  1. FC Barcelona (La Liga)

FC Barcelona reaches the top of the Money League for the first time ever and at the same time becomes the first club to break the €800m barrier, generating revenue of €840.8m. Barcelona becomes only the third club to hold the top position since the inaugural publication of DFML. They have increased their revenue by around 22% as compared to last year and leapfrogged their arch-rivals Real Madrid to take the top spot.

2019 Revenue – € 840.8 million / $937.11  mn

Squad Value –  € 1.08 billion / $ 1.20 bn

The other 10 in the top 20 list includes:

  1. Arsenal FC – 2019 Revenue (€ 445.6 million); Squad Value (€ 683.1 million)
  2. Borussia Dortmund – 2019 Revenue (€ 377.1 million); Squad Value (€ 640.4 million)
  3. Atletico de Madrid – 2019 Revenue (€ 367.6 million); Squad Value (€ 835.5 million)
  4. Inter Milan – 2019 Revenue (€ 364.6 million); Squad Value (€ 655.9 million)
  5. Schalke 04 – 2019 Revenue (€ 324.8 million); Squad Value (€ 237.9 million)
  6. AS Roma – 2019 Revenue (€ 231.0 million); Squad Value (€ 447.8 million)
  7. Olympique Lyonnais – 2019 Revenue (€ 220.8 million); Squad Value (€ 382.0 million)
  8. West Ham United – 2019 Revenue (€ 216.4 million); Squad Value (€ 335.3 million)
  9. Everton – 2019 Revenue (€ 213.0 million); Squad Value (€ 480.7 million)
  10. SSC Napoli – 2019 Revenue (€ 207.4 million); Squad Value (€ 646.2 million)

Olympique Lyonnais in the 17th positon and bottom-placed SSC Napoli are the two new entrants to the Money League top 20 table.

The report has also made an interesting observation that “… any club that understands both its fans and their related data has a greater chance of moving up the Money League in the future”.

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