Every year Deloitte release their Football Money League which documents the eye-watering revenue generated by the richest football clubs on the planet, and more often than not, a good chunk of them are English, so we’ve done our league of the richest football clubs in England.
PledgeSports have helped many teams and clubs fundraise for football, but the teams we have worked with are on the opposite end of the scale to the below.
Without further ado, here are the richest football clubs in England as of January 2020.
8. Everton – £187.7 million
No European football means Everton stayed pretty much static in revenue terms last year. Their £187.7 million is more than five times greater than their 2013/14 season.
Revenue: €213.0m (£187.7m)
7. West Ham – £190.7m million
West Ham had a slight increase in last year after a good Premier League season.
Their acquisition of the Olympic Stadium — now London Stadium — will undoubtedly increase earnings next year. But so far a disastrous season could counter that
Revenue: €216.4m (£190.7m)
6. Arsenal – £392 million
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.
Arsenal are no longer a UEFA Champions League club which has had an impact on revenues. The Gunners finished sixth in the Premier League last year, but it’s match day revenues keep Arsenal in the top ten richest football clubs. But then badly need a return to the Champions League to boost revenues.
Revenue: €445.6m (£392.7m)
5. Chelsea – £452.2 million
Through the backing of their billionaire Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, it’s rare to see Chelsea rank outside the top four richest football clubs.
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
4. Tottenham Hotspur – £429.3 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
3. Liverpool – £533 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
2. Manchester City – £538.2 million
This is the first time Manchester City have breached the top two richest football clubs in England.
The back-to-back Premier League titles and a domestic treble have really helped revenues. 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. This also helps them become the most followed football clubs on social media.
On the 27th of November 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 would value the team at ¢5 billion! and is the largest private equity-backed football club deal of all time.
Revenue – €610.6m / $683.9m / £538.2m
1. Manchester United – £627.5 million
The ‘Red Devils’ have never been far from the top three — briefly toppling out during their 2012/13 season under David Moyes — but this is the first time they’ve hit the top spot in over a decade.
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
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.
Clubs 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.