Deloitte Money League Reveals More Than Half of World’s 10 Richest Clubs Are in the Premier League

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The annual Deloitte Money League report has revealed more than half of the richest 10 football clubs play in the Premier League.

It also marks the first time more than half of the top 20 ply their trade in England, with the list highlighting a dramatic increase in revenue compared to the previous year.

The data collected is based upon revenue generated throughout the 2021/22 season, encompassing everything from matchday ticket sales to television rights.

Premier League champions Manchester City retained their position as the world’s richest club with £619m in revenue, pipping Champions League and La Liga winners Real Madrid by just £15m.

The report is a startling example of the Premier League’s superiority in terms of commercial revenue and broadcasting rights, with the likes of Leicester, West Ham and Leeds all featuring the top 20 despite facing the possibility of relegation this season.

Perhaps the most striking shift from last year’s list are third-placed Liverpool who climbed four places to sit above Manchester United for the first time since the inaugural report in 1996.

They posted a monumental £106.9m jump in revenue from the season prior following an enthralling top-of-the-table battle with Manchester City, while winning both domestic trophies and registering a strong run to the Champions League final.

As a result of this joyous season, they were among a select few clubs to generate £95m in matchday income alone with their fanatic fanbase making the most of returning to full crowds after the pandemic.

Zal Udwadia, the assistant director for Deloitte’s Sports Business Group said of the Premier League: “That dominance is unprecedented.

“It is really down to the investment you are seeing in the Premier League, its global appeal and the growth in the broadcast rights. Other leagues have explored measures to bridge that gap, including private equity investment, but it is growing.”

Outgoing Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who was one of the minds behind the hugely controversial European Super League, expressed his anxiety over the Premier League’s growing monopoly over football and its ability to attract the best talent. He said,  “I believed and still believe that European soccer needs structural reforms to tackle the future.

“Otherwise we are heading for inexorable decline for football in favour of a dominant league, the Premier League, which over a few years will attract all the European talent and marginalise the others.”

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