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Football Rich List: Top 20 Clubs With Highest Revenue In 2022. Barcelona & Real Madrid Leads The Chart Yet Again

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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.

RankingTeamClub’s Total ValueYearly Revenue Last Year position
1Barcelona €4.21bn€715.1m2
2Real Madrid €420bn€714.9m1
3Bayern Munich €3.67bn €634.1m4
4Manchester United €3.72bn€580.4m2
5Liverpool €3.63bn€558.6m8
6Manchester City €3.54bn€549.2m5
7Chelsea €2.21bn €540.6m6
8Arsenal €2.48bn €388m 7
9Paris Saint-Germain €2.83bn€469.7m11
10Tottenham €2.03bn €445.7m9
11Juventus €1.73bn€397.9m10
12Borussia Dortmund €1.68bn €365.7m13
13Atletico Madrid €880m€331.8m12
14Inter €650m€291.5m15
15Everton €580m €212m 19
16AC Milan €490m€236.5m18
17AS Roma €440m €216.5m 16
18West Ham United €440m €180.7m17
19Leicester City €658m €176.3m19
20Ajax €208m€174mNEW
Forbes usually release their yearly valuation of football clubs in April every year and we can surely see Barcelona not only dropping off the first place but they might even move out of top 3 or top 5 even considering their both on the field and off the field issues. With English clubs restoring their match day income we can see Manchester United to get back on top of this list for 2022ing to Forbes


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.
RankClubTotal Revenue (€)Matchday Revenue(€) Broadcasting Revenue (€) Commercial Revenue (€)
2Real Madrid691.8108.2m224m382.7m
3Bayern Munich634.170.3m203.3m360.5m
4Manchester United580.498.8m159.9m321.7m
6Manchester City549.247.6m217m284.6m
7Paris Saint-Germain540.692.4m149.6m298.6m
9Tottenham Hotspur445.7107.7m155.0m183m
11Arsenal388.2107.7m 155m 183.2m
12Borussia Dortmund365.7 70.3m 203.3m 203.3m
13Atlético Madrid331.8 56.3m 106.7m 168.8m
14Internazionale291.5 41.4m 96.7m 153.4m
15Zenit Saint Petersburg236.5 46.3m 86.7m 103.5m
16Schalke 04222.8 42.3m 70.7m 109.8m
17Everton212.0 38.3m 69.7m 104m
18Lyon180.9 30.3m 66.7m 83.9m
19Napoli176.3 32.5m 97.5m 86.5m
20Eintracht Frankfurt174.0 30m 30.5m 55.5m

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