Premier League clubs dominate among world’s richest teams – Deloitte Money League study

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah looks devastated after losing 2022 Champions League final to Real Madrid
Reaching the Champions League final helped Liverpool climb from seventh to third in the Money League

According to a Deloitte analysis, more than half of the world’s richest clubs by revenue come from the Premier League.

There are 11 Premier League clubs in the top 20 in the 2021-22 Money League study.

This is the first time in the study’s 26 years that more than half of the clubs are from the same league.

Champions Manchester City top the table with €731m (£619.1m), ahead of Real Madrid (€713.8m).

Liverpool rose from seventh to third, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal also entered the top ten, and West Ham, Leicester, Leeds United, Everton and Newcastle entered the top twenty.

The top 20 clubs earned €9.2bn (£7.82bn), a 13% increase on 2020-21.

The increase was largely attributable to fans returning to stadiums for the first full season following Covid-19 restrictions, with matchday revenue rising from €111m to €1.4bn.

Five of the Premier League’s “big six” – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – reported revenue growth of 15% or more. In total, there was an increase of EUR 226 million.

Commercial revenues rose 8% from €3.5bn to €3.8bn (£2.975bn to £3.23bn), but broadcast revenues fell 11% (€485m/£412.25m). Last season’s numbers were higher than previous years due to the postponement of the 2019-20 season.

1 (1) manchester city 619.1 (731 million euros) 571.1 (644.9 million euros)
twenty two) real Madrid 604.5 (713.8 million euros) 567.3 (640.7 million euros)
3 (7) Liverpool 594.3 (701.7 million euros) 487.4 (550.4 million euros)
4 (5) Manchester United 583.2 (688.6 million euros) 494.1 (558 million euros)
5 (6) paris saint germain 554 (654.2 million euros) 492.5 (556.2 million euros)
6 (3) Bayern Munich 553.5 (653.6 million euros) 541.4 (611.4 million euros)
7 (4) barcelona 540.5 (638.2 million euros) 515.4 (582.1 million euros)
8 (8) Chelsea 481.3 (568.3 million euros) 436.6 (493.1 million euros)
9 (10) tottenham hotspur football club 442.8 (523 million euros) 359.7 (406.2 million euros)
10 (11) arsenal 367.1 (433.5 million euros) 324.5 (366.5 million euros)
11 (9) Juventus 339.3 (400.6 million euros) 383.5 (433.1 million euros)
12 (13) Atletico Madrid 333.6 (393.9 million euros) 294.7 (332.8 million euros)
13 (12) dortmund football club 302.2 (356.9 million euros) 298.9 (337.6 million euros)
14 (14) Inter Milan 261.2 (308.4 million euros) 293 (330.9 million euros)
15 (16) west ham united 255.1 (301.2 million euros) 196.1 (221.5 million euros)
16 (19) AC Milan 224.4 (264.9 million euros) 191.5 (216.3 million euros)
17 (15) Leicester City 213.6 (252.2 million euros) 226.2 (255.5 million euros)
18 (not applicable) leeds united 189.2 (223.4 million euros) 168.6 (190.4 million euros)
19 (18) everton 181 (213.7 million euros) 193.1 (218.1 million euros)
20 (not applicable) newcastle united 179.8 (212.3 million euros) 150.6 (170.1 million euros)
For non-UK clubs, Deloitte used average exchange rates for the year ending 30 June 2022 (€1 = £0.85; €1 = BRL 5.92; €1 = CHF 1.05; €1 = DKK 7.44; 1 Euro = 13.82 Turkish Lira) .

‘Premier League almost untouchable’ – analysis

Tim Bridge, Principal Partner, Deloitte Sports

The question now is whether other leagues can close the gap [on the Premier League]possibly by driving the value of future international media rights, or if the Premier League is virtually untouchable in terms of revenue.

The Premier League is the only one of Europe’s top five leagues to see an increase in the value of media rights during the recent rights sale. It continues to attract millions of global followers, and its membership club has a greater revenue advantage over international competitors.

Interest from business partners, fans and investors in the Premier League appears to be higher than ever. While this suggests optimism for further growth, ongoing calls for a greater distribution of English clubs’ financial wealth across the football system, and the fallout from the cost of living crisis, have kept the sport’s stakeholders clearly focused on them as leading clubs responsibilities of managers.

‘Not if, but when, all 20 Premier League clubs in top 30’

Manchester City finished in the top five for the first time in 2015-16 before topping the table last season.

Their impressive form on the pitch has seen them win back-to-back titles under Pep Guardiola and they have generated a record Premier League commercial revenue of €373m (£317.05m) – a rise of £6,500 by 2021. million euros (£55.25 million) – 22.

Liverpool were the biggest improvers, rising from seventh to third, reaching their highest ever position and surpassing Manchester United in the rankings for the first time.

They reached the Champions League final, where they 0-1 loss to Real Madridseeing them gain additional broadcast revenue.

They also earned more than €100m (£85m) from matchday revenue for the first time and are one of only five clubs.

Arsenal became the first team to break into the top 10 since 2018-19, thanks largely to increased matchday revenue, while Leeds finished in the top 10 for the first time since 2002-03 and Newcastle re-entered top ten. Matchday and commercial revenues for both clubs are higher than many other English clubs.

If the money list is expanded to the top 30, it will include 16 Premier League clubs, of which 5 are from La Liga, 3 are from Serie A and Bundesliga, and 1 is from Ligue 1. All teams from other European leagues compete in the UEFA club competition for the 2021-22 season.

Sambull, director of Deloitte’s sports business group, added: “The Premier League’s financial dominance is unlikely to be challenged in the coming seasons.

“This is all the more apparent at a time when these clubs continue to attract international investment which, in the best examples, often encourages a focus on profitability as well as success on the pitch.

“It’s very likely not if, but when, that all 20 Premier League clubs will appear in the Money League’s top 30.”

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