Man City Tops Man United in Revenue for First Time

    • Manchester City surpassed Manchester United in revenue in the 2020-21 season.
    • The team also beat its own pre-pandemic revenue.

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Manchester City didn’t just win the Premier League championship in the 2020-21 season — it surpassed its intra-city rival in revenue for the first time.

The club posted revenue of $735.9 million during the season, topping Manchester United’s $636.3 million, according to KPMG. Man U is typically the highest-earning team in the Premier League, with $663 million in revenue in 2019-20 and $812.7 million the previous year.

  • Man City achieved this feat with only $910,000 in matchday revenue.
  • The club earned $383.2 million from broadcasting and $351.7 million from commercial and other sources.
  • City Football Group, which owns Manchester City, is working with the Oak View Group to build a $495 million mixed-use arena next to the team’s Etihad Stadium.

City Football Group secured a seven-year, $650 million loan in July 2021 to help build a new stadium for its Major League Soccer club, New York City FC.

Champs of the Champs

KPMG found that Manchester City was one of two championship-winning clubs among Europe’s eight major leagues to show operating revenue growth and the only one to beat their income from 2018-19.

Bundesliga-winner Bayern Munich was second among European champions with $682.5 million in 2020-21 operating revenue, followed by La Liga’s Atletico Madrid ($399.3 million) and Serie A’s Inter Milan ($396.9 million).