Premier League dominates latest list of the world's 20 richest clubs

Manchester City have topped the Deloitte Football Money League for the second year in a row as the world's highest revenue-generating club in the 2021-22 season in which fans returned to stadiums as COVID-19 restrictions were eased.

Abu Dhabi-owned City generated total revenue of $790.65 million, followed by Real Madrid ($771.42 million) and Liverpool ($758.45 million).

City's rivals Manchester United generated $744.41 million and Paris St Germain made $706.59 million.

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, West Ham United, Leicester City, Leeds United, Everton and Newcastle United were all on the list as the Premier League clubs made up 11 of the top 20.

City posted a Premier League record commercial revenue of $403 million in 2021-22, a growth of $70 million from the previous season.

"The Premier League reported a significant increase in its international media rights value during its most recent rights sale process," said Tim Bridge, lead partner in Deloitte's Sports Business Group.

Liverpool were the biggest movers in this year's edition of the Money League, rising four places from seventh to third to achieve their highest-ever position. The Merseyside club overtook Manchester United in the rankings for the first time, following their run to the 2022 Champions League Final which generated additional broadcast revenue.

Liverpool were also only one of five clubs to report over $105 million in matchday revenue, which was the first time the club had done so, as fans returned to stadiums.

Among the LaLiga teams, Barcelona and Real Madrid have yet to recover revenue to their pre-pandemic levels, with the clubs' revenues down $220 million and $47 million respectively from 2018-19, the report said.


For the first time, Deloitte's Football Money League also reported on revenues generated from the women's teams at Money League clubs, with sides reporting average revenues of $2.6 million in the 2021-22 season.

Barcelona generated the highest revenue, with $8.32 million, having reached the Champions League final in 2022 and winning the competition in 2021.

Manchester United reported the second-highest revenue with $6.5 million, followed by City ($5.5 million), PSG ($3.9 million), Arsenal ($2.4 million) and Spurs ($2.27 million).

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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