Every January we update the football rich list and this year has seen some big changes and a new number 1.
The English Premier League used to dominate the football rich list but not anymore as the rise of the European super clubs slowly push the English clubs out of the top 10. Arsenal have been one big casualty this year, they have dropped back from 6th place in 2018 year to 9th in 2019 and are now out of the top 10 list fist the first time in many years.
Combined, the richest clubs in the world saw an increase of 7% in revenue from last year, with the top ten generating a grand total of over 6 billion combined with the top 3 clubs generating over €2.3bn in total. Another incredible stat is a place in the top 20 now requires clubs to generate almost €200m, a 16% increase on the amount needed in the previous edition, when Leicester City secured 20th position with revenue of €172.1m.
Without further ado, here’s a countdown of the world’s richest football clubs…
10. Juventus – €459.7 million
The signing of Ronaldo from Real Madrid in 2019 has really helped the coffers of Italian side Juventus. The most popular athlete on the planet – Cristiano Ronaldo, means greater brand visibility and a big boost in mercandise sales, this and a Serie A win for an eighth year in a row helped Juventus grow revenue by 17% last year.
Revenue – €459.7 / $514.9m / £405.2
9. Chelsea – €513.1 million
Through the backing of their billionaire Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, it’s rare to see Chelsea rank outside the top five richest football clubs. And Chelsea in 2019 they slipped one place as revenue remained pretty much unchanged. Premier League team Chelsea finished third in the English division and had a very poor run in the UEFA Champions League last year. The club has some massive sponsorship deals including Nike and Yokohama Tyres and a loyal fan base which keep revenues strong
Revenue – €513.1m / $574.7 / £452.2m
8. Tottenham Hotspur – €521.1 million
A good run in the Champions League and a move to their new 62,000 stadium has seen Tottenham overtake Chelsea and Arsenal to become London’s richest club after posting a record revenue figure. Their Broadcasting Revenue increases to a massive €276.7m.
Revenue – €521.1m / $583.6 million / £429.3
7. Liverpool – €604.9 million
Champions Leagues glory in 2019 and a second place in their domestic Premier League has given Liverpool a 17% revenue boost. They have been exceptional so far this season and are way out in front in the Premier League finally rewarding their millions of loyal long term fans.
Revenue – €604.9m / $677.4m / £533m
6. Manchester City – €610.6 million
Even with back-to-back Premier League titles and a domestic treble could not stop Manchester City still dropped back one one place. Abu Dhabi-owned City won the Premier League last year and Pep Guardiola’s side are 2nd favourites to win this year.
An average of 54,054 fans to home game and massive broadcasting deals and commercial contracts make up the the revenue. It’s technical kit supplier is Nike and shirt sponsor is Etihad Airways. But a new kit deal with Puma should see revenue figures rise in 2020.
On the 27th of November 2019 it was announced that Silver Lake Management, a US-based PE group mainly investing in technology, are making a $500million (£388million) investment in Manchester City. It is set to own a 10 per cent stake in City Football Group following the transaction. This is the largest private equity-backed football club deal of all time.
Revenue – €610.6m / $683.9m / £538.2m
5. Paris St-Germain €636 million
France’s wealthiest outfit move up to number 5 in 2020. Paris Saint-Germain banked a huge double-digit percentage growth across all three major revenue streams as they won a fifth French league title in six years.
The bulk of PSG’s revenue profile came from commercial deals. It’s two biggest contracts are with Nike (technical kit supplier) and Emirates (shirt sponsor). The team dominates Ligue 1, winning the French division again last year, and is a UEFA Champions League staple. Bringing Neymar to the club has currently helped the club remain as the 7th richest football club in the world for the 2nd year in a row.
Revenue €636m / $712.3 m / £560.5m
4. Bayern Munich – €660.1 million
No change at number 4 on the rich list as Bayern see a big enough increase in revenue to hold position. Bayern Munich recorded a five per cent rise in revenue as they won a seventh straight Bundesliga. The German giants’ growth was driven by a 20 per cent rise in broadcast income.
The Bundesliga giant are the most successful club in German football history, having won a record 29 national titles and 19 national cups. 75,354 fans on average attend Bayern home matches.
Revenue €660.1m / $739m / £581.8m
3. Manchester United – €711.5 million
2018’s richest football club have been knocked back to number 3 on the rich list for the first time in many years. The Red Devils remain the wealthiest football club in England however.
The bulk of the club’s 2018 revenue profile comes from its commercial deals — it has big contracts with Adidas, who supplies its kits, and Chevrolet, who sponsor its shirts. Manchester United benefited from a return to the Champions League last year which saw revenue grow six per cent
€711.5m / $797m / £627.5m
2. Real Madrid – €757.3 million
They lost the Champions League final last year after three successive Champions League titles. But Zidane’s side are still just number 2, just behind the richest football club in the world. Real Madrid is also the most followed club on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram which helps keep revenue buoyant . Based on UEFA Champions League wins, Real are also one of the 10 best football clubs in Europe.
Revenue – €757.3m / $848m /£667.5m
1. Barcelona – €840.8m
There’s a new number 1 and it’s football giants Barcelona. Barcelona’s rise to the top of the football rich list came as they won the Spanish title for an eighth time in 11 years and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The reigning La Liga champions continue to witness year-on-year revenue growth. A few new deals contributed to a massive €150m uplift in revenue last year. Some of the biggest names in football such as Messi and Suarez see Barcelona well-supported around the planet, with over 100 million followers on Facebook, 82.1 million followers on Instagram, and 31.7 million followers on Twitter.
Revenue – €840.8m / $942m / £740.1m
The Coronavirus pandemic outbreak is going to have a significant financial impact on clubs in the top two tiers even if they are able to complete the 2019-20 season.
Premier League sides face paying a rebate to broadcasters for the late finish to the season, with reports that this will increase by £35m (€39m) for every week the season runs beyond July 26th. Most of the European Football giants will likely face the same.
Clubs across Europe in the top two divisions must also manage without ticket sales on match days, with all games for the foreseeable future taking place behind closed doors.
Will all this in mind, the 2020 financials for football clubs and indeed any big sports team that makes money from ticket sales and TV rights, are set for a big shock.
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