11. Arsenal: Revenue - €445.6 million
Founded: October 1886
Ground: Emirates Stadium
Owner: Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
Chairman: Sir Chips Keswick
Head coach: Mikel Arteta
League: Premier League
One of the most successful London club, they have won 13 League titles (including one unbeaten league title), a record 13 FA Cups, two League Cups, 15 FA Community Shields, the League Centenary Trophy, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
Arsenal was the first club from the South of England to join The Football League, in 1893, and they reached the First Division in 1904. Relegated only once, in 1913, they continue the longest streak in the top division, and have won the second-most top-flight matches in English football history.
In the 1930s, Arsenal won five League Championships and two FA Cups, and another FA Cup and two Championships after the war. In 1970–71, they won their first League and FA Cup Double. Between 1989 and 2005, they won five League titles and five FA Cups, including two more Doubles.
No Champions League football for a second consecutive season hit Arsenal’s revenue, which grew just one per cent. They will likely need to return to Europe’s top club competition to climb the Money League table again.
Matchday Revenue: €109.2m (£96.2m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €210.6m (£185.6m)
Commercial Revenue: €125.8m (£110.9m)
Total Revenue: €445.6m (£392.7m)
10. Juventus: Revenue – €459.7 million
Founded: 1 November 1897; as Sport-Club Juventus
Ground: Juventus Stadium
Owner: Agnelli family
Chairman: Andrea Agnelli
Head coach: Maurizio Sarri
League: Serie A
Founded in 1897 by a group of Torinese students, the club has worn a black and white striped home kit since 1903 and has played home matches in different grounds around its city, the latest being the 41,507-capacity Juventus Stadium.
Nicknamed Vecchia Signora ("the Old Lady"), the club has won 35 official league titles, 13 Coppa Italia titles and eight Supercoppa Italiana titles, being the record holder for all these competitions; two Intercontinental Cups, two European Cups / UEFA Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners' Cup, a joint national record of three UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and a joint national record of one UEFA Intertoto Cup.
Following the arrival of Ronaldo to the Serie A side, Juventus saw a tremendous increase in jersey sales as well as an increase in stock price. While many call this the Ronaldo factor, the five-time Ballon d’Or star brought more attention to Juventus and the Serie A.
The side thus went on to win the title for the eighth successive time but lost in a remarkable fashion in the UEFA Champions League. No doubt, the Ronaldo factor had a significant effect in revenue which increased by €64.8 million to the tune of €459.7 million. That was enough to catapult the side back once more, to the top 10 clubs with the most revenue generated.
Matchday Revenue: €65.6m (£57.8m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €208.5m (£183.8m)
Commercial Revenue: €185.6m (£163.6m)
Total Revenue: €459.7m (£405.2m)
9. Chelsea: Revenue – €513.1 million
Founded: 10 March 1905
Ground: Stamford Bridge
Owner: Roman Abramovich
Chairman: Bruce Buck
Head coach: Frank Lampard
League: Premier League
Chelsea are among England's most successful clubs, having won over thirty competitive honours, including six league titles and six European trophies.
London club, Chelsea fell one place down to emerge as the 9th club in the world with the most revenue. Despite a successful run in the Europa League, which Chelsea won, revenue did not see an impressive increase.
This is as a result of the fact that the English side was absent in the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea had a dismal €7.4 million increase in revenue. In 2019, Chelsea generated revenue valued at €513.1 million.
Matchday Revenue: €75.6m (£66.6m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €227.1m (£200.2m)
Commercial Revenue: €210.4m (£185.4m)
Total Revenue: €513.1m (£452.2m)
8. Tottenham Hotspur: Revenue – €521.1 million
Founded: 5 September 1882; as Hotspur F.C.
Ground: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Owner: ENIC International Ltd
Chairman: Daniel Levy
Head coach: José Mourinho
League: Premier League
Tottenham or Spurs, is an English professional football club in Tottenham, London, that competes in the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been the club's home ground since April 2019, replacing their former home of White Hart Lane, which had been demolished to make way for the new stadium on the same site.
For the first time, incredible Tottenham Hotspur overtook EPL rivals and co London clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal to become the top London club with the most revenue.
A wonderful UEFA Champions League run, which saw an interesting run to the final, marked by incredible comebacks, helped the side’s revenue increase by €92.8 million.
That was enough to catapult Tottenham two places up in the top 10 clubs with the most revenue. Tottenham Hotspur generated as much as €521.1 million.
Matchday Revenue: €92.5m (£81.5m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €276.7m (£243.9m)
Commercial Revenue: €151.9m (£133.9m)
Total Revenue: €521.1m (£459.3m)
7. Liverpool: Revenue – €604.7 million
Founded: 3 June 1892
Owner: Fenway Sports Group
Chairman: Tom Werner
Manager: Jürgen Klopp
League: Premier League
Founded in 1892, the club joined the Football League the following year and has played at Anfield since its formation. Liverpool established itself as a major force in English and European football in the 1970s and 1980s when Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish led the club to a combined eleven League titles and four European Cups.
Domestically, the club has won nineteen League titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and fifteen FA Community Shields. In continental and international competitions, the club has won six European Cups, more than any other English club, three UEFA Cups, four UEFA Super Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup. Now Liverpool have finally been crowned Premier League champions after 30 years (1990).
Under the management of Rafael Benítez and captained by homegrown player Steven Gerrard, Liverpool became European champions for the fifth time in 2005, before a sixth title was added under Jürgen Klopp in 2019.
After a futile attempt to win the UEFA Champions League in 2018, Liverpool won Europe’s top club tournament but failed to seal the EPL title, which no doubt would have been a spectacular continental double for the English side. Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League win and top performance on the pitch did enough to help the EPL side record a €91 million increase in revenue.
But that did nothing in changing its spot on the top 10 clubs with the most revenue generated. Liverpool still ranks as the 7th club with the most income globally, with revenue valued at €604.7 million.
Matchday Revenue: €94.5m (£83.3m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €299.3m (£263.8m)
Commercial Revenue: €210.9m (£185.9m)
Total Revenue: €604.7m (£533.0m)
6. Manchester City: Revenue – €610.6 million
Founded: 1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton); 16 April 1894 as Manchester City
Ground: City of Manchester Stadium
Owner: City Football Group
Chairman: Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager: Pep Guardiola
League: Premier League
Manchester City Football Club is an English football club based in Manchester that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton), it became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894.
Manchester City entered the Football League in 1899, and won their first major honor with the FA Cup in 1904. It had its first major period of success in the late 1960s, winning the League, FA Cup and League Cup under the management of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison.
After losing the 1981 FA Cup Final, the club went through a period of decline, which eventually saw them relegated as far down as third tier of English football by the end of the 1997–98 season. They since regained promotion to the top tier in 2001–02 and have remained a fixture in the Premier League since 2002–03.
Despite success in the English Premier League (EPL), which saw the club win the EPL title for the second successive time and clinch a domestic treble, the English club still dropped one spot down to become the 6th club in the world with the most revenue generated.
However, Manchester City still retained its position as the second richest club in England. The club recorded a €42.2 million increase in revenue. In 2019, Manchester City generated €610.6 million. In 2020, revenue is topped to increase as a result of a new jersey deal with athletics brand, Puma.
The club have won six domestic league titles. Under the management of Pep Guardiola they won the Premier League in 2018 becoming the only Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season.
In 2019, they won four trophies, completing an unprecedented sweep of all domestic trophies in England and becoming the first English men's team to win the domestic treble.
Matchday Revenue: €62.4m (£55.0m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €287.2m (£253.2m)
Commercial Revenue: €261.0m (£230.0m)
Total Revenue: €610.6m (£538.2m)
5. Paris Saint-Germain: Revenue – €635.9 million
Founded. 12 August 1970; 49 years ago
Ground. Parc des Princes
Owner. Qatar Sports Investments
President. Nasser Al-Khelaifi
Manager. Thomas Tuchel
League. Ligue 1
PSG are France's most successful club having won over forty competitive honours, including nine league titles and two European trophies.
Ligue 1 giants, Paris Saint‑Germain (PSG), moved one spot up to emerge as the fifth club with the most revenue generated.
Armed with star players such as Kyllian Mbappé who has been doing wonders for the club, PSG did not have a hard time appealing to the public. It’s biggest revenue influx came from commercial income.
A big jump for the French club, PSG’s revenue increase almost hit the €100 million mark. The club which saw a €94.2 million increase in revenue generated €635.9 million in 2019.
Matchday Revenue: €115.9m (£102.2m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €156.6m (£138.0m)
Commercial Revenue: €363.4m (£320.3m)
Total Revenue: €635.9m (£560.5m)
4. Bayern Munich:Revenue – €660.1 million
Founded: 27 February 1900
Ground: Allianz Arena
President: Herbert Hainer
Chairman: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Manager: Hans-Dieter Flick
FCB, Bayern Munich, or FC Bayern, is a German professional sports club based in Munich, Bavaria. It is best known for its professional football team, which plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system, and is the most successful club in German football history, having won a record 30 national titles and 20 national cups, along with numerous European honours.
The club had its period of greatest success in the middle of the 1970s when, under the captaincy of Franz Beckenbauer, it won the European Cup three consecutive times (1974–1976). Overall, Bayern has reached ten European Cup/UEFA Champions League finals, most recently winning their fifth title in 2013 as part of a continental treble.
Bayern has also won one UEFA Cup, one European Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup and two Intercontinental Cups, making it one of the most successful European clubs internationally and the only German club to have won both international titles.
Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich retained it’s position as Germany’s richest club, with a €30.9 million increase in revenue generated from last year. The German club won its 7th successive Bundesliga title and that was enough to increase its revenue.
Known to be domestic league Giants, considerable success in the UEFA Champions League would have boosted Bayern Munich’s earnings significantly. Still, in the fourth position, Bayern Munich generated as much as €660.1 million to become the 4th highest revenue-generating club in the world.
Matchday Revenue: €92.4m (£81.4m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €211.2m (£186.2m)
Commercial Revenue: €356.5m (£314.2m)
Total Revenue: €660.1m (£581.8m)
3. Manchester United: Revenue – €711.5 million
Founded: 1878 as Newton Heath LYR F.C., 1902 as Manchester United F.C.
Ground: Old Trafford
Owner: Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU)
Co-chairmen: Joel and Avram Glazer
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjær
League: Premier League
Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Nicknamed "the Red Devils", the club was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910.
Manchester United is one of the most widely supported football clubs in the world, and has rivalries with Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leeds United. Manchester United have won more trophies than any other club in English football, with a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, five League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields.
United have also won three UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. In 1998–99, the club became the first in the history of English football to achieve the continental European treble.
Riding high on it’s return to the championship league and it’s Europa League win, Manchester United had a very hopeful 2018/19 season. But it ended in disappointment, which led to the firing of José Mourinho, the man once hyped as the one who will return United to its rightful spot in European football. United dwindling performance on the pitch did not affect its financial standings.
The club had a €51.5 million increase in revenue generated from last year and still retained its position as England’s highest revenue-generating club, a position which it is slowly losing, due to limited success on the pitch. United generated €711.5 million.
Matchday Revenue: €120.6m (£106.3m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €273.7m (£241.2m)
Commercial Revenue: €317.2m (£279.6m)
Total Revenue: €711.5m (£627.1m)
2. Real Madrid: Revenue – €757.3 million
Founded: 6 March 1902 as Madrid Football Club
Ground: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
President: Florentino Pérez
Head coach: Zinedine Zidane
League: La Liga
Real Madrid, is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid. Founded on 6 March 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the club has traditionally worn a white home kit since inception. The word real is Spanish for "royal" and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.
Real Madrid is one of three founding members of La Liga that have never been relegated from the top division since its inception in 1929, along with Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona. The club holds many long-standing rivalries, most notably El Clásico with Barcelona and El Derbi with Atlético Madrid.
Los Blancos’ performance on the pitch and off the pitch in 2018/19 season was really woeful as the side struggled without key player Cristiano Ronaldo. Though profit did not reduce as such, in terms of performance, Real Madrid had a dismal performance, which had repercussions on the financial growth of the club. Madrid finished in a not so convincing third place in the La Liga and was eliminated in the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League.
Probably, the club was greatly affected with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, that it only saw a very disappointing €6.4 million increase in revenue generated from last year.
Trailing behind domestic rivals, Barcelona, Madrid ranks as the second club with the most revenue generated with €757.3 million.
Matchday Revenue: €144.8m (£127.7m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €257.9m (£227.3m)
Commercial Revenue: €354.6m (£312.5m)
Total Revenue: €757.3m (£667.5m)
1. FC Barcelona: Revenue – €840.8 million
Founded: 29 November 1899 as Foot-Ball Club Barcelona
Ground: Camp Nou
President: Josep Maria Bartomeu
Head coach: Quique Setién
League: La Liga
Barcelona known as Barça, is a Spanish professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
Domestically, Barcelona has won a record 74 trophies: 26 La Liga, 30 Copa del Rey, 13 Supercopa deEspaña, 3 Copa Eva Duarte, and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as being the record holder for the latter four competitions. In international club football, the club has won 20 European and worldwide titles: 5 UEFA Champions League titles, a record 4 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, a joint record 5 UEFA Super Cup, a record 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and 3 FIFA Club World Cup.
The club has a long-standing rivalry with Real Madrid; matches between the two teams are referred to as El Clásico.
For the first time in the history of the La Liga club, Barcelona ranks as the top revenue-generating club in 2020. Barcelona have overtaken Real Madrid to become the world's richest football club, Barcelona who won the La Liga and had a painful exit out if UEFA Championship League, still put on quite a show to replace Real Madrid as the richest football club in 2020. As with anything Barcelona does, they did it in styles. The Spanish club not only topped the richest clubs list but emerged as the first and currently the only club to generate more than €800 million in a year. Barcelona recorded a 10% increase in revenue generated ahead of rivals, Real Madrid and jumped one place from its position in last year’s list to become the richest football club in the world with revenue as much as €840.8 million.
Matchday Revenue: €159.2m (£140.4m)
Broadcasting Revenue: €298.1m (£262.7m)
Commercial Revenue: €383.5m (£338.0m)
Total Revenue: €840.8m (£741.1m)
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