Publication date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:06 AM
Manchester United remains the best ranked English club in terms of revenue generated, but its 23-year dominance of the Deloitte Soccer Money League could be threatened by Manchester City or Liverpool on the table next year.
United Profits of £ 627.1million for 2018-19 place them in third place in the table, behind the Spanish giants Barcelona (£ 741.1m) and Real Madrid (£ 667.5m).
His closest Premier League rivals are City Y Liverpool in sixth and seventh respectively, with the Blues only £ 88.9m behind.
United, which has been the best ranked English club since Deloitte first compiled the Money League survey based on the 1996-97 financial results, forecasts reduced revenues of between 560-580 million pounds for 2019-20. The club faces the possibility of a second consecutive season with no transmission revenue from the Champions League.
Dan Jones, partner of the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, believes a change of guard is possible.
“United has been the best English club since we started the Money League, but that could be under pressure when we do it in 2021,” he told the PA news agency.
“That will cover this season when Liverpool is having a tremendous season on the field, so we believe that there is a possibility that United will lose that number one position.”
“Part of that will depend on how the rest of this season is going, if City or Liverpool go into the Champions League.
“It’s definitely a possibility that United loses that place. Depending on where they are in that projected income range (£ 560-580 million), and if the City and Liverpool do well in the Champions League, it could be very, very close.
“If you think about where we were 10 years ago, the idea of the City reviewing United in financial terms would have been far fetched.”
Deloitte recorded United’s revenue in 2008-09 as £ 278.5m, with City almost £ 200m behind them at £ 87m. At that time, United was also almost 100 million pounds ahead of Liverpool.
In total, there are eight Premier League clubs in the Top 20 Money League, more than any other country, and all clubs come from the five major European leagues in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Tottenham has achieved its highest position in the round of 16 with revenues of £ 459.3 million, and is the London club best ranked for the first time since the first Money League.
His rivals in North London, Arsenal, suffered a second consecutive season without the football of the Champions League, falling from the ninth to the eleventh.
Chelsea, which announced an after-tax loss of £ 96 million for 2018-19 on New Year’s Eve, ranks ninth in the table, while the other Premier League representatives are West Ham and Everton at 18 and 19 respectively.
Combined revenues among the top 20 have grown 11 percent compared to last year to a record 9.3 billion euros (slightly less than £ 7.9 billion).
Barcelona is far ahead, in financial terms. They lead the bitter rivals of Real for 73.6 million pounds, a record gap between the first and second in the history of Deloitte’s study.
Deloitte said that a “main factor” behind the profit power of the Catalan club was his decision to carry out marketing and licensing activities in the company.
Jones added: “Barça is a clear example of a club that adapts to changing market conditions, reduces dependence on transmission revenues and focuses on increasing revenues under its control.
“The club’s commercial operation generated 383.5 million euros (£ 326.6 million) in revenue, which is more than the club’s total revenue in 12th place in this year’s Money League.
“With the club expecting a further growth of 30 million euros (£ 25.5 million) in business income and a total income of almost 880 million euros (£ 749.5 million) in 2019-20, we expect them to retain first place in the edition of the next year”.