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8 Richest Football Clubs In England

 

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.

2020 and the pandemic has been an absolute disaster for sports, no sport has been left unscathed.  With no fans in stadiums and many fixtures being cancelled, revenues have plummeted.  The full scale of this can now be revealed and it’s the first year since the annual study began where all teams have taken a beating.

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Without further ado, here are the 7 richest football clubs in England as of January 2021.

7. Everton – €212 / £184 million

No European football means Everton stayed pretty much static in revenue terms in 2019.  However in 2020, Everton climbed two places as one of only two clubs on the list to increase revenue.  Commercial earnings were the big winner for Everton, off setting broadcast and matchday income.

Matchday Revenue: €13.6m
Broadcasting Revenue: €111.7m
Commercial Revenue: €86.7m

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6. Arsenal – €388 / £338 million

Arsenal have been one big casualty over the past few years, 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.  The Gunners are no longer a UEFA Champions League club which has had an impact on revenues.   But then badly need a return to the Champions League to boost revenues.  And some local silver wear would help too but this has eluded the club for sometime now.

Arsenal saw revenue fall by €57m but remained in touching distance of the top 10. Like all football clubs, empty stadiums are hitting them very hard.

Matchday Revenue: €89.7m
Broadcasting Revenue: €136.0m
Commercial Revenue: €162.3m

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Revenue – €513.1m / $574.7 / £452.2m 

5. Tottenham Hotspur – €445.7 / £397 million

A good run in the Champions League and a move to their new 62,000 stadium has seen Tottenham become London’s richest club after posting a record revenue figure in 2019.  However in 2020 Tottenham slipped a place as their revenue fell by €75m. while closed stadia dented valuable match day income.  Their Broadcasting Revenue increases to a massive €276.7m but a closed brand new stadium hit seat revenue very hard.

Revenue breakdown –

Matchday Revenue: €107.7m
Broadcasting Revenue: €155.0m
Commercial Revenue: €183.0m

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4. Chelsea – €469 / £408 million

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Through the backing of their billionaire Russian owner, Roman Abramovich,  Chelsea are always a top ten contenter on the football rich list.  In 2019 they slipped one place as revenue remained pretty much unchanged, in 2020 Chelsea climbed one place despite seeing revenue fall by €43m. Like all Premier League clubs, they suffered badly because of the Covid-19 turmoil

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

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Revenue breakdown –

Matchday Revenue: €107.7m
Broadcasting Revenue: €155.0m
Commercial Revenue: €183.0m

3. Manchester City – €549.2 / £478 million

City have seen revenues have go through the roof in recent years. Big money has been invested and spent in the club which has rewarded them with plenty of silver wear.  Revenue fell by €61m last year but Manchester City remained the sixth richest club in the world.

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An average of 54,054 fans to home game and massive broadcasting deals and commercial contracts make up most of 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 breakdown –

Matchday Revenue: €47.6m
Broadcasting Revenue: €217.0m
Commercial Revenue: €284.6m

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2. Liverpool – €558.6 / £486million

Champions Leagues glory in 2019 and a second place in their domestic Premier League gave Liverpool a massive revenue boost.  They followed this up in 2020 by becoming Premier League champions for the first time in three decades in 2020.  They have been exceptional of late, dominating the Premier League and finally rewarding their millions of loyal long term fans.

Jurgen Klopp’s side climbed into the top five from seventh place last year, despite revenue falling by €46m. All Premier League clubs’ 2019-20 income suffered as a result of the pandemic delaying completion of the season.

Revenue breakdown

Matchday Revenue: €82.7m
Broadcasting Revenue: €232.5m
Commercial Revenue: €243.4m

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1. Manchester United – €580.4 / £506 million

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The Red Devils remain the wealthiest football club in England but they’re dismal performance in Europe is hitting the financials hard.  The richest football club in the world in 2017 (and for many years before that) are back one place this year to fourth.

In 2020 they lost 135 million euros, which was a 19% drop in total income from the previous year.  Compared to their poor on pitch performance, Manchester United are still a money making machine, they can still pull in the big sponsorship deals which will help them stay close to the top of the rich list for many years to come.

Revenue breakdown –

Matchday Revenue: €98.8m
Broadcasting Revenue: €159.9m
Commercial Revenue: €321.7m

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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.

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