An analysis by Deloitte revealed that over half of the world’s wealthiest clubs come from England’s iconic Premier League.
Out of the twenty teams that topped off in the 2021-22 Premier League Money League study, eleven emerged as the biggest money-makers.
Premier League is big
For the first time in a quarter-century, over half of the clubs come from one single league.
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City topped the rankings, raking in 731 million euros (£619.1m), a figure surpassing that of Spanish giants Real Madrid (713.8m euros).
After a successful season, Liverpool have risen to third on the list of top 20 clubs in Europe, with Manchester United and Chelsea not far behind. Tottenham and Arsenal also managed to make it into the prestigious rankings. With West Ham, Leicester City, Leeds United, Everton and Newcastle rounding up the top 10 spots respectively. The overall revenue generated by these twenty elite teams amounted to €9.2 billion (£7.82bn); showing an impressive 13% growth from 2020-21!
11 of the 20 richest football clubs are based in England.
The Premier League’s so rich that it can get four relegation-threatened clubs into the top 20.
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— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 19, 2023
After a full season of fans returning to stadia after Covid-19 restrictions, matchday revenue skyrocketed from 111 million euros to an incredible 1.4 billion euros – illustrating the immense impact that fan presence can have on sporting success.
Earnings continue to grow
Five of the top teams in the Premier League – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – experienced a surge in revenue by 15% or more. That resulted in an immense profit of 226m euros!
Commercial earnings grew 8% with a total of 3.8 billion euros (£3.23bn) compared to the 3.5 billion euros (£2.975bn) from the prior season; however, broadcast revenue decreased by 11%, totaling 485 million euros (or £412..25m).
The variance in these results was due to the rescheduling of games pushed back from 2019-20 into this current season cycle.
Earnings table for the richest football clubs
|Position (last year’s position)||Club||2021-22 revenue (£m)||2020-21 revenue (£m)|
|1 (1)||Manchester City||619.1 (731m euros)||571.1 (644.9m euros)|
|2 (2)||Real Madrid||604.5 (713.8m euros)||567.3 (640.7m euros)|
|3 (7)||Liverpool||594.3 (701.7m euros)||487.4 (550.4m euros)|
|4 (5)||Manchester United||583.2 (688.6m euros)||494.1 (558m euros)|
|5 (6)||Paris St-Germain||554 (654.2m euros)||492.5 (556.2m euros)|
|6 (3)||Bayern Munich||553.5 (653.6m euros)||541.4 (611.4m euros)|
|7 (4)||Barcelona||540.5 (638.2m euros)||515.4 (582.1m euros)|
|8 (8)||Chelsea||481.3 (568.3m euros)||436.6 (493.1m euros)|
|9 (10)||Tottenham Hotspur||442.8 (523m euros)||359.7 (406.2m euros)|
|10 (11)||Arsenal||367.1 (433.5m euros)||324.5 (366.5m euros)|
|11 (9)||Juventus||339.3 (400.6m euros)||383.5 (433.1m euros)|
|12 (13)||Atletico Madrid||333.6 (393.9m euros)||294.7 (332.8m euros)|
|13 (12)||Borussia Dortmund||302.2 (356.9m euros)||298.9 (337.6m euros)|
|14 (14)||Inter Milan||261.2 (308.4m euros)||293 (330.9m euros)|
|15 (16)||West Ham United||255.1 (301.2m euros)||196.1 (221.5m euros)|
|16 (19)||AC Milan||224.4 (264.9m euros)||191.5 (216.3m euros)|
|17 (15)||Leicester City||213.6 (252.2m euros)||226.2 (255.5m euros)|
|18 (n/a)||Leeds United||189.2 (223.4m euros)||168.6 (190.4m euros)|
|19 (18)||Everton||181 (213.7m euros)||193.1 (218.1m euros)|
|20 (n/a)||Newcastle United||179.8 (212.3m euros)||150.6 (170.1m euros)|
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