Manchester City reigns supreme for the second year in a row.
The Premier League giants have retained their position as the highest revenue-generating soccer team at $794 million for the 2021-22 season — a 13% increase year-over-year, according to the Deloitte Football Money League.
Manchester City, which captured its sixth league title last season, benefited from $403 million in commercial income — a Premier League record.
- The top 20 wealthiest clubs in the world generated $9.9 billion in 2021-22.
- For the first time, 11 of the Premier League’s 20 teams were part of that group.
- La Liga’s Real Madrid was the second-highest revenue-generating club at $771 million.
- Liverpool finished third at $758 million, up $105 million compared to 2018-19.
Owned by City Football Group, Manchester City’s growth in revenue comes as the club mulls expanding the capacity of its home field, Etihad Stadium. The club plans to conduct studies to determine the viability of a development project, which would include a hotel and a museum.
Etihad has a capacity of 53,400, and an expansion would make it more than 60,000.
Queens of Soccer
FC Barcelona Femení finished the 2021-22 season as the highest revenue-generating club in women’s professional soccer at $8.3 million.
The club also broke the attendance record for a women’s soccer match last season.
A total of 91,648 fans made the trip to Spotify Camp Nou in April 2022 to watch Barcelona defeat VfL Wolfsburg 5-1 in a Champions League semifinal.