The renowned annual survey of rents involving football clubs, Deloitte Football Money League reached its 26th edition bringing financial information on the teams that invested the most in 2021/22. In 2023, for the first time, the publication also analyzes the revenue generated by the women’s teams affiliated to these clubs.
Total revenue for the top 20 revenue-generating clubs in 2021/22 was €9.2 billion, up 13% compared to the €8.2 billion reported by Money League clubs a year earlier.
Among the clubs, the ones that generated the most revenue were the European ones, however, the survey found that Real Madrid and Barcelona were unable to balance revenues at pre-pandemic levels with club revenues falling by €203 million and €43 million, respectively.
On the other hand, Liverpool increased by €97m compared to 2018/19, Paris Saint-Germain increased by €18m and Chelsea increased by €55m, surpassing their pre-pandemic levels and, in the case of Manchester City, which increased by €120 million, rose to the top of the rankings in that period.
For the first time, more than half of the top 20 clubs came from one country, England. Which shows the financial superiority of the Premier League and how clubs have managed to better take advantage of the wave of COVID. This can be explained by the presence of several external investors in teams in this league, in addition to the frequency of local fans and sales of TV packages.
When considering the top 30, there are 16 English clubs, representing 80% of all Premier League clubs. The rest of the top 30 include five clubs from La Liga, three from Serie A and Bundesliga and one from Ligue 1, all of which competed in the 2021/22 UEFA club competitions and, with the exception of Villarreal CF, played in a stadium with a capacity of over 40,000 or more.
In the coming years, the pattern of the richest clubs should be maintained, according to the study, it is a matter of time for all 20 Premier League clubs to appear in the top 30. Among the major European leagues from which Money League clubs often play, only the Premier League and La Liga have started new broadcast rights cycles in 2022/23. The complete list is available on the Money League website.