Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Barcelona Top Deloitte Football Money League for the First Time Ever

Barcelona Top Deloitte Football Money League for the First Time Ever

The 20 most powerful clubs achieved a turnover of 9.3 billion euros in the 2018-19 season, according to the 23rd edition of the ranking, 11% more than the previous season, with an increase of 16% of revenues generated by television (575 million euros in total), a 9% increase in commercial revenues (313 million) and a further 4% in match day revenues (tickets and passes, 51 million). The following figures were published on Tuesday's Deloitte's Football Money League which ranks the biggest football clubs in terms of revenue generated.

The Spanish giant, FC Barcelona has generated a net revenue of $959.3 million dollars between the working years of 2018 and 2019, which makes it the biggest cash grabbing sports club in the world of football.

It was the first time Wolves have been included in the list, following their promotion to the Premier League, with revenue reported to be £195.5million.

However, they are forecast reduced revenues of between £560-580m for 2019-20 with the prospect of a second consecutive season without Champions League broadcast revenue.

Juventus are the only Serie A side in the top ten, which is once again dominated by English clubs, with Premier League champions Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all featuring.

"That will cover this season when Liverpool are having a tremendous season on the pitch, so we think there's a possibility of United losing that number one position".

Barcelona leads the Deloitte Money League for the first time after being the only club to exceed the sales limit of 800 million euros.

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This is due to the fact that the English club's projected revenue for the 2019/20 season is set to drop to €660m partly as a effect of the Old Trafford side's failure to qualify for this season's UEFA Champions League tournament.

While Manchester United remain with the elite, the club are now forecasting revenues of £560-£580m in 2019/20 as a result of not qualifying for this season's Champions League.

According to Deloitte, Barcelona posted a revenue of €840.8 million (approximately $936 million) during the 2018/19 season.

"The club's business procedure produced 383.5 m euros (₤3266 m) of earnings, which is greater than the complete earnings of the 12 th-placed club in this year's Money League".

Deloitte credited the club's decision to bring control of merchandising and licensing activities in-house, a change which allowed the La Liga champions to increase revenue.

The composition of the top 20 overall remains relatively stable with only two new entrants to the Money League - Olympique Lyonnais ranked 17th (up from 28th) and Napoli ranked 20th (up from 21st).

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