Real Madrid eclipses Manchester City to regain status as richest club

FOOTBALL Real Madrid eclipses Manchester City to regain status as richest club

Mark Kinyanjui 10:04 - 25.01.2024

Madrid generated a record revenue of 831m euros (Ksh 144.5 billion) to top their Money League study from the 2022-23 season.

UEFA Champions League serial winners Real Madrid have overtaken Manchester City to once again become the highest revenue-generating football club.

This development comes following a recent analysis by Deloitte, who concluded that Real generated a record revenue of 831m euros (£710m) in the 2022-23 season.

City also registered record revenue of €826m (Ksh Sh146.8bn) but have dropped to second place after occupying first in 2022.

Real Madrid topped the table for the first time since 2017-18 despite losing to Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final and finishing second behind Barcelona in LaLiga.

Paris Saint-Germain (€802m), Barcelona (€800m) and Manchester United (€746m) complete the top five.

Liverpool were the biggest fallers, dropping from third to seventh with revenues of €683m (£583m) after they could only finish fifth in the Premier League and were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.

Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal also make the top 10, with Newcastle and West Ham 17th and 18th respectively.

Leicester City, Leeds United and Everton drop out of the top 20, meaning the number of Premier League clubs drops to eight after at least 10 clubs featured in the past two years.

The Hammers, Liverpool, and Atletico Madrid were the only sides in the top 20 to report a drop in revenue.

Revenues for the top 20 clubs rose by 14% to a record 10.5bn euros (Ksh1.9 trillion).

That includes record commercial and matchday revenues of 4.4bn euros (Ksh. 778 billion) and 1.9bn euros (Ksh 336 billion) respectively.

Commercial revenue has overtaken broadcast revenue as the largest income stream for the first time since 2015-16, excluding the Covid-19 impacted 2019-20 season, with 17 of the top 20 clubs reporting a year-on-year increase.

That is largely down to retail sales, non-matchday events such as concerts, and the recovery of sponsorship income which had been impacted by the pandemic, suggesting clubs are exploring alternative sources of revenue to become less reliant on broadcast deals.

A Good example is Tottenham, who have made their stadium a multi-purpose arena for events like music concerts, boxing matches and even NFL games.

Broadcast income rose by just 5% to 4.2 bilion euros (Ksh 730.8 trillion) , largely due to the 2022/23 season falling within existing domestic broadcast cycles.

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