As the financial figures for year 2020/21 were released by the likes of Forbes and Deloitte FC Barcelona became the team with highest revenue generated during this period. They eclipsed Real Madrid into first place with a total of €715.1 million in revenue compared to €714.9 million of Real Madrid. Incredibly, Manchester United fall out of top 3 clubs for the first time since these financial figures started releasing with Bayern Munich replacing them into third place.
General decrease in revenue across all european leagues: Almost every league and club suffered financially during the 2019/20 season and that had a big impact on revenues for football clubs. That is one of the big reason’s for United to drop out from the top 3.
The top 20 clubs generated a total of €8.2 billion (£7.2b/$9.9m) during 2020/21 period and that is around €1.1 billion less then pre-covid period. Majority of decrease in revenue came from matchday and broadcasting revenues with leagues coming to halt or playing behind closed doors.
Forbes list of most valubale clubs
When Forbes announced 2021 list of richest clubs in the world, Barcelona came out top for the first time since forbes started releasing such financial information back in 2006. Since then United have lead the table 11 times while Real Madrid lead the money league 6 times.
With english football struggling the most during covid period, For the very first time Manchester United dropped out of top thee in the forbes list of most valuable clubs. However even with massive decrease in revenues across Premier League still 9 clubs from England make the list of top 20 richest clubs in the world.
when we talk about club’s current value factors such as what country is the club is from, matchday income, clubs success on the pitch and their marketing potential off it contribute towards current value of the club.
|Ranking||Team||Club’s Total Value||Yearly Revenue||Last Year position|
|18||West Ham United||€440m||€180.7m||17|
Deloitte List of Richest Football Clubs
Deloitte is a Football Money League audit firm release list of clubs according to how much revenue they generated in the previous tax year.
According to the latest findings, Barcelona’s € 715 million revenue put them top of the Deloitte Money League. Deloitte usually release this list by end of tax year in European countries.
They analyze revenue generated via three different streams during the tax year. The ranking below is solely based on yearly revenue and historic value of the club is not taken into account.
- Broadcast Revenue: TV money revenue generated by the club from their domestic league/cups and European competitions like Champions League or Europa League.
- Matchday Revenue: Yearly revenue generated from matchday income of home matches from domestic and european compeitions.
- Commercial Revenue: This include revenue from sponsorship deals such as Kit suppliers deal, Shirt sponsorship deals and any other commercial partnership clubs is involved in during this period.
|Rank||Club||Total Revenue (€)||Matchday Revenue(€)||Broadcasting Revenue (€)||Commercial Revenue (€)|
|15||Zenit Saint Petersburg||236.5||46.3m||86.7m||103.5m|