Welcome to a milestone edition of the Deloitte Football Money League (‘DFML’). Every year, DFML profiles the financial performance of the highest revenue-generating clubs in world football. This year’s edition is a landmark publication for more reasons than one, as it marks 25 years of DFML and covers the first season (2020/21) to be impacted by COVID-19 from start to finish.
Published less than twelve months after the end of the 2020/21 season, the Money League is the most contemporary and reliable independent analysis of the featured clubs’ relative financial performance.
Key findings in this milestone edition include:
COVID-19 impacted not only the Money League’s total revenue but its total revenue profile. Some revenue streams accounted for a more significant portion of total revenue than usual, while others faded into near inexistence.
The average revenue of Money League clubs was €409m in 2020/21, a marginal increase on the 2019/20 season thanks to broadcast deferrals, but a 12% decrease on the 2018/19 season due to the absence of fans on match days.
Manchester City has become only the fourth club to top the Money League. Only two leagues have managed to produce Money League title holders: La Liga (Spain) and the Premier League (England).