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Complete List Of The World’s Richest Football Clubs in 2022 Revealed

Deloitte’s latest Football Money League numbers, which rank the most lucrative clubs on the planet, has dropped, and here’s who made the list.

In March 2022, Deloitte published the 2022 Football Money League, which analyses the finances of the clubs that generate the highest revenue.

The latest findings showed that the top 20 clubs, all based in Europe, pulled in average revenue of €409 million (£340m/$450m), with those figures representing a marginal increase in 2019-20.

According to the analysis, the coronavirus pandemic cost clubs in the Money League more than €2 billion (£1.7 billion/$2.2 billion), with the absence of fans from stadiums affecting teams spanning two domestic seasons.

Which club is the richest in the world?

According to the Deloitte rankings, Barcelona was declared the world’s richest football club in 2021, while Manchester City has risen to the top in 2022 after producing an income of €644.9 million (£537 million/$709 million).

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Barcelona has slipped to fourth place, below Clasico rivals Real Madrid and Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich, following much-publicized financial issues.

There are 11 Premier League teams in the top 20, with Paris Saint-Germain serving as the only French representative, while German and Italian football each have two representatives.

The top 20 rankings, together with total income (broadcast, matchday, and commercial), are listed below.

The top 20 richest football teams in the world according to Deloitte’s Football Money League for 2022

RANKING TEAM TOTAL REVENUE
1 Manchester City €644.9m
2 Real Madrid €640.7m
3 Bayern Munich €611.4m
4 Barcelona €582.1m
5 Manchester United €558.0m
6 Paris Saint-Germain €556.2m
7 Liverpool €550.4m
8 Chelsea €493.1m
9 Juventus €433.5m
10 Tottenham €406.2m
11 Arsenal €366.5m
12 Borussia Dortmund €337.6m
13 Atletico Madrid €332.8m
14 Inter €330.9m
15 Leicester City €255.5m
16 West Ham United €221.5m
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers €219.2m
18 Everton €218.1m
19 Zenit €212.0m
20 Aston Villa €207.3m
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Five Premier League teams dominate the top ten richest football clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool, with Arsenal in 11th position and Leicester in 15th place, barely ahead of West Ham United, Wolves, and Everton.

The rest of the top 20 is rounded out by the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Zenit and other big European names.

Manchester City’s rise is dramatic, if not all that surprising, as they jump five places into top spot, while Barcelona are the biggest name to be stuck in reverse.

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They revealed debts €1.2 billion (£1.1b/$1.5b) before eventually being forced to part with seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi in the summer of 2021 – as the mercurial Argentine headed to PSG – and a long-term rebuild in Catalunya remains a work in progress.

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Outside of the top 20 and within the top 30, there are three more Premier League sides to be found in the form of Leeds United, Southampton and Newcastle United – fresh from their big-money takeover – while Roma, Atalanta, Napoli, Lazio and AC Milan all figure from Serie A.

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