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Which is the richest club in the world?

Which is the richest club in the world?

Barcelona was named the world’s richest football club in 2021 according to the Deloitte rankings, maintaining a slight lead ahead of Spanish rivals Real Madrid despite having a revenue fall of €125 million (£110m/$150m) to €715m (£628m/$861m) in 2019-20.

In January 2021, Deloitte released the 2021 Football Money League, which examines the finances of the clubs that produce the most money. According to the latest figures, the top 20 teams in Europe earned a total of €8.2 billion (£7.2 billion/$9.9 million) in the 2019-20 season.

It was a 12% drop from the previous season (€9.3 billion), primarily to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, which reduced broadcast and matchday revenue, although it also resulted in a commercial venue growth. Deloitte did not include Newcastle in its list, but the club’s takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has the potential to take them to the top.

In October, the sovereign wealth fund paid £300 million ($408 million) for the Premier League club, with PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media each buying a 10% interest. The PIF is reported to have approximately $430 billion in assets, making Newcastle one of the world’s wealthiest teams and potentially increase revenue opportunities.

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Top 20 richest clubs:

1.) Barcelona

Shareholder: Club members

Value: $4.76 billion
Revenue (2020): $792 million (€715.1m)
Operating Income (2020): $62.2 million

Barcelona’s title as the world’s richest club has been overshadowed by their €1.2 billion (£1.1 billion/$1.5 billion) debt, as well as the revelation that Lionel Messi’s pay is €555 million (£491 million/$674 million). The Catalan club was reported to owe other teams a total of €126 million (£112 million/$153 million), which stems from many transfer agreements conducted over several years, including those for Phiippe Coutinho, Frenkie de Jong, and Arthur.

2.) Real Madrid

Shareholder: Club members

Club Value: $4.75 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $792 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: $92 million

3.) Bayern Munich

Shareholder: Club members

Club Value: $4.215billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $703 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: $49.2 million

4.) Manchester United

Shareholder: Glazer family

Club Value: $4.2 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $643 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: $166.6 million

5.) Liverpool

Shareholder: John Henry and Tom Werner

Club Value: $4.1 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $619 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: $61.9 million

6.) Manchester City

Shareholder: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Club Value: $4 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $609 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$2 million

7.) Chelsea

Shareholder: Roman Abramovich

Club Value: $3.2 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $520 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: $34.7 million

8.) Arsenal

Shareholder: E. Stanley Kroenke

Club Value: $2.8 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $430 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: $47.3 million

9.) Paris Saint-Germain

Shareholder: Qatar Sports Investments

Club Value: $2.5 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $599 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$4.5 million

10.) Tottenham Hotspur

Shareholder: Joseph Lewis, Daniel Levy

Club Value: $2.3 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $494 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$134.2 million

11.) Juventus

Shareholder: Agnelli family

Club Value: $1.95 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $441 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$14 million

12.) Borussia Dortmund

Shareholder: Bernd Geske, Evonik Industries

Club Value: $1.9 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $405 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$15.1 million

13.) Atletico de Madrid

Shareholder: Miguel Gil, Enrique Cerezo

Club Value: $1 billion
Club Revenue as of 2020: $368 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$61.7 million

14.) Inter Milan

Shareholder: Zhang Jindong, LionRock Capital

Club Value: $743 million
Club Revenue as of 2020: $323 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$13.1 million

15.) Everton

Shareholder: Farhad Moshiri

Club Value: $658 million
Club Revenue as of 2020: $235 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$15 million

16.) AC Milan

Shareholder: Elliott Management

Club Value: $559 million
Club Revenue as of 2020: $165 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$92.4 million

17.) AS Roma

Shareholder: Dan Friedkin

Club Value: $548 million
Club Revenue as of 2020: $156 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$108.4 million

18.) West Ham United

Shareholder: David Sullivan, David Gold

Club Value: $508 million
Club Revenue as of 2020: $156 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$24.2 million

19.) Leicester City

Shareholder: Khun Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha

Club Value: $455 million
Club Revenue as of 2020: $156 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: -$49.3 million

20.) Ajax

Shareholder: Club members

Club Value: $413 million
Club Revenue as of 2020: $172 million
The Club’s Operating Income as of 2020: $1.7 million

The world’s 20 most expensive football teams are worth an average of $2.28 billion each, up 30% from the last time we reviewed the ranking two years ago. Despite a revenue drop due to low attendance during the pandemic, buyers are focusing on what they view as still untapped revenue potential in the sport’s vast global following.

For the 2019-20 season, the average revenue for the 20 teams was $441 million, down 9.6% from 2017-18, and average operating income was $23 million, down 70% from 2017-18. The suffering is far from done, with a further drop in match-day revenue this season as most teams in Europe’s major leagues still allow only a small number of spectators to attend games.

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