The millionaire drain that the pandemic will leave the football business and how much the biggest clubs bill

This is one of the most difficult times the soccer industry has gone through: the absence of fans in the stadiums and the postponement and cancellation of matches arising from the pandemic, as well as the Discounts for broadcasters and the need to satisfy business partners, have had a major impact on the financial performance of clubs, globally

By the end of the 2020/21 season, it is estimated that the clubs of the Money League (the 20 paintings that bill the most) will have lost more than 2 billion euros (about $ 2.44 billion) in revenuemainly as a result of the absence of fans in the stadiums and the refunds paid to the broadcasters.

The 20 best clubs listed in the Deloitte Football Money League report for the 2019/20 season generated 8.2 billion euros (about US $ 10.004 million), 12% less than the previous season.

“Our estimates predict that clubs participating in the 2021 edition of the Deloitte Football Money League will have lost more than € 2 billion in revenue (about $ 2.44 billion) by the end of the 2020/21 season, as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, “says a newsletter from the consultancy.

The factors that explain it:

  • Revenue for the Money League club day has been near zero since March 2020, and it is unlikely that fans will be able to attend, in significant numbers, during the 2020/21 season.
  • Reimbursements for broadcasts by the ‘big five’ leagues and the Union of European Football Federations (UEFA) today amount to almost 1.2 billion euros (about US $ 1.46 billion), of which that a large proportion corresponds to the Money League clubs.
  • The lost potential to continue its previous growth trajectory during the current period.
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The ranking of those who bill the most

Despite the challenges it presented this year, the FC Barcelona (715.1 million euros -US $ 872 million- and the Real Madrid (714.9 million euros-US $ 872 million-) remained at the top of the highest-earning clubs in the Money League this year, with first and second place, respectively, and a difference between the two of only 0.2 million euros, the narrowest in the history of our publication.

In addition, the top ten listed clubs remain unchanged, and 18 of the 20 clubs obtained, for the second consecutive year, a place in the ranking, with FC Zenit (15th; 236.5 million euros) and Eintracht Frankfurt ( 20th; 174 million euros) replacing AS Roma and West Ham United.

The top ten listed clubs remain unchanged.

The former benefited from having a calendar year end (until December 31, 2019), while the completion of the Bundesliga season, within the financial year ending in 2020, contributed to the entry of Eintracht Frankfurt, by first time.

“Comparison and performance between clubs in this year’s Money League has been challenging. The outlook, in the long term, remains uncertain,” warns Deloitte.


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