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.
“The Premier League was the only one of the Big Five European leagues to experience an increase in its media rights value during its most recent rights sale process,” said Tim Bridge, lead partner in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.
“It continues to appeal to millions of global followers and its member clubs have a greater revenue advantage over international rivals.”
City posted a Premier League record commercial revenue of €373m in 2021-22, a growth of €65m from the previous season.
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 €100m 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 €203m and €43m respectively from 2018-19.
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 €2.4m in the 2021-22 season.
Barcelona generated the highest revenue, with €7.7m, having reached the Champions League final in 2022 and winning the competition in 2021.
Manchester United reported the second-highest revenue with €6m, followed by City (€5.1m), PSG (€3.6m), Arsenal (€2.2m) and Spurs (€2.1m).