MANCHESTER City for the first time topped the Deloitte Football Money League as the highest-earning club in the world during the 2020-21 season that was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The previous leader of this list, Barcelona, dropped to fourth which is the Spanish club’s lowest position since the 2013-14 season.
The Abu Dhabi-owned Man City earned 644.9 million euros, up six places.
The Premier League champions and leaders this season are the fourth club to top the Money League after Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Real Madrid (640.7 million euros) are in second place and Bayern Munich (611.4 million euros) are third.
Manchester United itself is in fifth place which is the lowest ranking, Paris Saint-Germain is sixth and Liverpool is seventh.
European champions Chelsea, whose Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by England after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, finished eighth.
Eleven of the top 20 clubs are from the Premier League, including Wolverhampton Wanderers who made this list for the first time in 17th place.
In contrast, Italian Serie A club AC Milan is ranked 19th.
“The impact of COVID-19 was stark with the absence of spectators in stadiums causing matchday revenue to hit its lowest in 25 years,” the report said.
The report says Money League clubs lost more than 2 billion euros in revenue from the middle of the 2019-20 season to the end of the 2020-2021 season. (OL-8)