Manchester City top the Deloitte Money League for the first time

Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City v Everton – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – May 23, 2021 Manchester City’s Fernandinho celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the Premier League Pool via REUTERS/Dave Thompson

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LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – Manchester City topped the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time as the world’s top-grossing club during a 2020-21 season affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The former Barcelona leader has dropped to fourth place in the 25th edition of the rankings, the Spanish club’s lowest position since 2013-14.

Abu Dhabi-owned City, with revenues of 644.9 million euros ($710.81 million) and a number of owner-linked sponsors, climbed six places.

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The current Premier League champions and leaders are only the fourth club to top the Money League after Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Real Madrid (640.7 million euros) is second and Bayern Munich (611.4 million) third. Manchester United were fifth, their lowest to date, Paris St Germain sixth and Liverpool seventh.

European champions Chelsea, now up for sale and with sanctions imposed on Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich after Russia invaded Ukraine, finished eighth.

Eleven of the top 20 clubs were in the Premier League, the highest proportion ever, with Wolverhampton Wanderers entering 17th for the first time.

“The impact of COVID-19 is stark with the lack of fans in stadiums, unsurprisingly resulting in the lowest match revenue in 25 years of publication,” the report said.

“Broadcast revenue is at an all-time high due to postponements of distributions related to the delay of the 2019/20 season.”

The report says Money League clubs lost more than two billion euros in revenue between the middle of the 2019/20 season and the end of the 2020/21 season, bringing revenue back to levels a while ago. almost five years.

“Ahead of the 2023 Money League spanning the 2021/22 season, we expect Money League club revenues to reach record levels as they rebound from the effects of the pandemic and push towards collective revenues of 10 billion euros,” he added. .

Premier League broadcast rights values ​​were meanwhile set to move further away from Europe’s other ‘big five’ leagues from 2022-23.

For the first time, all Money League clubs also have a women‘s team.

($1 = 0.9073 euros)

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris

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