The money aspect in football is becoming more prominent as the years go by. For clubs to consistently compete at the highest level, they need to earn large sums of money.
Premier League clubs are among the highest-grossing clubs in the world, mostly due to their huge revenue from broadcasting. However, there are other European sides that may battle with the EPL in terms of earning money.
Today’s professional soccer teams generate revenue by winning sponsorships and broadcast deals, ticket sales, social media, and silverware.
The Deloitte Money League is an accurate calculation done by the English multi-national service network. With that said, let’s take a look at the 5 richest football clubs in 2022.
richest football club in the world
Manchester City: €644.9m
Gone are the days when Manchester City depended on their billionaire owners to be their biggest source of money. The current Premier League champions were the highest-paid team last season, earning as much as €644.9m!
This includes commercial deals as well as bonuses from winning the Premier League and Carabao Cup last season. City also reached the Champions League final, which fetched them €60m+!
This helped the Nationals become the club with the highest revenue in the world, as they made more money than rivals Manchester United in a single year for the first time in history!
Real Madrid: €640.7m
Real Madrid’s financial situation suffered a major setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic as it forced them to stop lavishly spending on new transfers and focus on savings. Things got really bad last year, with Los Blancos being forced to take a 10% pay cut from their squad as the club was not able to fully pay their staff.
However, Real has given strong returns financially. Last season, he earned €640m+ – mostly because he only bought David Alaba who was a free agent in the summer.
Strong returns from commercial sponsorships and other deals mean Madrid can now spend lavishly on Kylian Mbappe or other summer goals, knowing that their finances are in great shape again.
Bayern Munich: €611.4m
Bayern Munich are often not included in such “financial” calculations because they are a club that is all business on the pitch. However, as they saw European giants fall into this category, Bayern were able to cement their position as one of the world’s highest-paid clubs.
He had annual revenues of €611.4m, making him the third highest earner in the world. Their solid relationships with major investors and their ability to make money from winning German competitions have seen Bayern make a remarkable number of appearances in the Money League.
In fact, they were the only European champion side to actually make a profit of around €1.8m after taxes in the 2020/21 season.
FC Barcelona: €582.1m
FC Barcelona has been a nightmare with finances over the years. Team president Joan Laporta revealed last year that the club was in debt over €1bn! Financial issues forced him to leave Lionel Messi and allow him to join PSG.
Despite its issues, Barca is still making a lot of money because of its name and brand. According to the Deloitte Football League, they earned €582.1m in revenue last season – the fourth highest for any European club. His revenue fell from the €715m he made in 2020, mostly due to the COVID-19 factor.
He only received €30m (instead of €55m) last year from shirt sponsor Rakuten, which negatively affected his finances. Despite their troubles, Barca is still one of the highest-grossing clubs in the world due to rich sponsorships and revenue from other sources.
Manchester United: €558m
Like Barcelona, Manchester United is another European giant that has suffered a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Red Devils were not helped by their inability to win any silverware for the fourth consecutive year last season.
United were knocked out of the Champions League group stage, earning them less than expected from the competition. In addition, the lack of fans in the stadiums meant that their matchday revenue was also affected.
While United were able to sign big in the likes of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, their total revenue for last season stood at €558m – a drop from €580m the season before. While this helps them stay in the top-5 of the highest-grossing in the world, it is still lower than expected in the combined hierarchy.