Manchester City tops Deloitte Football Money League for second consecutive year

English clubs occupy more than half of the top 20 spots in the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time, with Manchester City holding pole position.

The financial services firm’s 2023 report, which found that 11 of the top 20 clubs with the highest revenue in the 2021-22 season, were based in England, underlines the Premier League’s dominance of the global club game.

The broadcast revenues of England’s top flight remain the envy of the rest of the world, and the report revealed that 16 clubs, which are 80 percent of the league, are in the top 30 of the 2023 Money League.

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According to the report, Manchester City generated £619.1m in revenue in 2021-22, including the Premier League’s record commercial revenue of around £330m.

With registered revenues of £594.3m, Liverpool achieved the third highest position ever in the survey’s 26-year history. The Reds were in seventh place in the previous Money League, but their 2021-22 performance – including the Champions League final – put them ahead of their northwest rivals Manchester United for the first time.

Leeds entered the top 20 for the first time since 2002-03, placing 18th, while Newcastle returned to the top 20 in 20th place. The report found that these clubs’ commercial and matchday revenue earnings helped them rise above other English clubs as they earned similar revenue from the Premier League’s TV deals.

European champions Real Madrid finished second, but arch-rivals Barcelona fell from fourth to seventh after a 13 percent drop in broadcast revenues.

The report found that neither club’s revenue has yet reached pre-pandemic levels, with both teams sticking to the idea of ​​a European Super League.

The Premier League reported a significant increase in international media rights value during its most recent sales process.

Tim Bridge, head of Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, told the PA news agency he could envision a position in the top 30 of all 20 Premier League clubs in the coming years and said the report was a “definitive message”. rest of Europe.

“The Premier League model is very attractive for foreign markets. Now there is a danger that (the gap) will not be closed for other leagues,” he said.

Leeds and Newcastle both return to the list of 20 highest-paid players

Leeds and Newcastle return to the list of 20 highest paid players (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“You really need one of those other leagues to get a ‘first mover advantage’ around something like new technology or to adopt or embark on a new internationalization strategy – is there a way for them to go directly to consumers in certain markets through their own app or their own? production capabilities and do they relate to that market and the individuals in it in a way that enables them to take advantage of all the products and opportunities?

“It’s definitely a big, big challenge.”

The report was published at a time when the Government White Paper on an independent regulator for football was believed to be just weeks away, and a ‘New Deal’ was being discussed among football officials about financial distribution and controls as well as the local calendar.

The English Football League is calling for a 25 percent cut in broadcast revenue combined with the Premier League.

EFL chairman Rick Parry seeks more cuts from Premier League broadcast revenue for his 72 member clubs

EFL president Rick Parry wants a bigger share of Premier League broadcast revenue for his 72 member clubs (Mike Egerton/PA)

Bridge added: “If you look at the overall state of the system today, more money is being distributed in the English system than any other. That will be the Premier League club perspective and perspective – a lot is already being done (done).

“There’s still some debate that the redeployment could be positive for the Premier League, as the threat that’s easily talked about right now is the idea of ​​a destabilization of competition in the Championship, and the fact that we’re only going to have certain sides going up and going down.

“Now the Premier League itself will probably want to remove this threat because the product of the Premier League is driven by diversity and different clubs competing at different times.

“This is a very interesting discussion and I think the next few weeks will give us great insight into the future direction of English football in general.”

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