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  • Writer's pictureSebastian Friedrich

The financial power of the Premier League

Compared to other European leagues, the Premier League has an enormous financial superiority, which has manifested itself more and more in recent years. One of the main reasons for this is the higher marketability of the English league compared to other leagues. The Premier League is the most watched league in the world and therefore has a much greater potential for revenue from TV rights and sponsorship.


This has led to the Premier League's TV rights becoming increasingly expensive in recent years. For example, the league has taken in around £2.4 billion for broadcasting rights for the 2019/20 season in the UK alone. By comparison, the Bundesliga only took in around EUR 1.16 billion for its TV rights in the same period.


In the 2021/22 season, the last in the Premier League, Norwich City, generated more revenue ( around 105 million euros) than the first in the Bundesliga, FC Bayern Munich (around 95 million euros).


Revenues from the sale of television rights of Premier League clubs in the 2021/22 season (in million euros)


  1. Manchester City 165.31

  2. Liverpool FC 163.92

  3. Tottenham Hotspur 157.38

  4. Arsenal FC 156.93

  5. Chelsea FC 156.87

  6. Manchester United 153.67

  7. West Ham United 146.63

  8. Leicester City 137.67

  9. Newcastle United 135.42

  10. Wolverhampton Wanderers 133.01

  11. Brighton & Hove Albion 133.01

  12. Crystal Palace 128.36

  13. Aston Villa 127.50

  14. Brentford FC 126.04

  15. Everton FC 124.74

  16. Leeds United 122.42

  17. Southampton FC 117.60

  18. Burnley FC 110.63

  19. Watford FC 108.31

  20. Norwich City 105.98

Internationally, the Premier League also has a clear advantage. In the 2020/21 season, for example, English clubs earned a total of around €200 million more from the UEFA Champions League than clubs from the second-placed league, Spain's La Liga.


The Premier League dominates the transfer market


This financial supremacy of the Premier League is particularly evident in the transfer market. The English clubs have more money available to sign expensive players and pay high transfer fees. In the 2021/22 season, for example, English clubs alone spent around £1.4 billion on transfers, while clubs from the Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga together spent just over £1 billion.


In the winter transfer period of the 2022/23 season, 22 of the top 25 transfers with the highest transfer fee were made by Premier League clubs.


Top 25 transfers in the winter transfer period of the 2022/23 season (in million euros)


  1. Enzo Fernández: Chelsea FC, 121.00

  2. Mykhaylo Mudryk: Chelsea FC, 70.00

  3. Anthony Gordon: Newcastle Utd, 45.60

  4. Cody Gakpo: Liverpool, 42.00

  5. Benoît Badiashile: Chelsea FC, 38.00

  6. Noni Madueke: Chelsea FC, 35.00

  7. Vitinha: Ol. Marseille, 32,00

  8. Malo Gusto: Chelsea FC, 30,00

  9. Georginio Rutter: Leeds United, 28,00

  10. Jakub Kiwior: Arsenal FC, 25,00

  11. Kamaldeen Sulemana: Southampton, 25.00

  12. Leandro Trossard: Arsenal FC, 24.00

  13. Ilya Zabarnyi: Bournemouth, 22.70

  14. Dango Ouattara: Bournemouth, 22.50

  15. Danilo: Nottm Forest, 20.00

  16. João Gomes: Wolverhampton, 18.70

  17. Paul Onuachu: Southampton, 18.00

  18. Harry Souttar: Leicester City, 17.00

  19. Jhon Durán: Aston Villa, 16.64

  20. Nicolò Zaniolo: Galatasaray, 15.00

  21. Gerson: Flamengo, 15.00

  22. Victor Kristiansen: Leicester City, 14.00

  23. Carlos Alcaraz: Southampton, 13.65

  24. Álex Moreno: Aston Villa, 13.50

  25. Andrey Santos: Chelsea FC, 12.50


The Premier League also dominates in terms of turnover


According to the Deloitte Football Money League 2023, which analyzes the financial performance of the world's top soccer clubs in terms of revenue, the European soccer world is also dominated by the Premier League in terms of revenue.


The clubs with the highest revenue in the 2021/22 season (in million euros)

  1. Manchester City - 731.00

  2. Real Madrid - 713.80

  3. Liverpool FC - 701.70

  4. Manchester United - 688.60

  5. PSG - 654.20

  6. FC Bayern - 653,60

  7. Barça - 638,20

  8. Chelsea - 568,30

  9. Tottenham Hotspur - 523,00

  10. Arsenal FC - 433,50

  11. Juventus - 400.60

  12. Atletico - 393,90

  13. BVB - 356,90

  14. Inter - 308,40

  15. West Ham United - 301.20

  16. AC Milan - 264.90

  17. Leicester City - 252,20

  18. Leeds United - 223,40

  19. Everton FC - 213.70

  20. Newcastle United - 212.30


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