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  • Writer's pictureSebastian Friedrich

Top 30 highest-earning football clubs in the 2021/22 season in Europe.

An analysis of the Deloitte Money League 2023 shows that English football clubs were the most financially successful in the 2021/22 season. Of the top 20 clubs, eleven were from England, which further highlighted the financial dominance of the Premier League and showed how these clubs were better able to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.


The number of English clubs in the Money League has steadily increased over the past ten years, while clubs from other "Big Five" leagues that regularly participate in UEFA club competitions have increasingly been displaced by clubs from England that do not participate in these competitions and have medium-sized stadiums.


Overall, 16 of the top 30 clubs are English, which corresponds to 80% of all clubs in the Premier League. The remaining 14 places are occupied by five La Liga clubs, three clubs from Serie A and the Bundesliga, and one club from Ligue 1, all of which have participated in UEFA club competitions and played in stadiums with a capacity of 40,000 or more (and over 60,000 for all except Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Sevilla, and Eintracht Frankfurt). Only Benfica (24th) and Ajax (27th) have made it into the top 30 as representatives from outside the "Big Five" leagues, driven by consistent performances in Europe with a quarterfinal and round of 16 appearance in the UEFA Champions League.

  1. Manchester City - 731.0 million euros

  2. Real Madrid - 713.8 million euros

  3. Liverpool - 701.7 million euros

  4. Manchester United - 688.6 million euros

  5. Paris Saint-Germain - 654.2 million euros

  6. Bayern Munich - 653.6 million euros

  7. FC Barcelona - 638.2 million euros

  8. Chelsea - 568.3 million euros

  9. Tottenham Hotspur - 523.0 million euros

  10. Arsenal - 433.5 million euros

  11. Juventus Turin - 400.6 million euros

  12. Atletico Madrid - 393.8 million euros

  13. Borussia Dortmund - 356.9 million euros

  14. Inter Milan - 308.4 million euros

  15. West Ham United - 301.5 million euros

  16. AC Milan - 264.9 million euros

  17. Leicester City - 255.5 million euros

  18. Leeds United - 223.4 million euros

  19. Everton FC - 213.7 million euros

  20. Newcastle United - 212.3 million euros

  21. Aston Villa - 210.9 million euros

  22. Eintracht Frankfurt - 208.3 million euros

  23. Brighton & Hove Albion - 198.4 million euros

  24. Benfica Lisbon - 196.7 million euros

  25. Wolverhampton Wanderers - 195.4 million euros

  26. Crystal Palace - 188.9 million euros

  27. Ajax Amsterdam - 187.2 million euros

  28. Sevilla FC - 186.1 million euros

  29. Villarreal CF - 178.7 million euros

  30. Southampton FC - 177.7 million euros

Sources:

  • Deloitte Football Money League 2022: https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/sports-business-group/articles/deloitte-football-money-league.html

  • "Premier League reigns supreme in the Deloitte Football Money League": https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/60129390

  • "Leeds United return to Money League highlights changing face of football's elite": https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/jan/27/leeds-united-return-to-money-league-highlights-changing-face-of-footballs-elite


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