Soccer nowadays entails an impellent push for million of people; the beating hearts of the average fan is always – either in the ecstasies of victory, or in the bitterness of defeat – eager of experiencing hard emotions. However, and despite evidences that are observed before such sport clashes between clubs, there is a fight that usually goes unnoticed by the majority: the battle of income between sports entities.
This struggle acts as a witness to one of the most profitable forms of business nowadays; the target club by excellence in Spain, the Real Madrid C. F., has proven to be a money maker machine.
And the last results of the fiscal year 2018 confirm it: the “merengues” become the first sport entity in surpass the 750 million euros. That way, with 750.9 million euros in revenue, it leaves the Madrid club as leader, position that had reached thanks to conquering the Champions League three consecutive times, propelling its commercial benefits exponentially; the F. C. Barcelona with 690.4 million euros, is in second place thanks to activities like the Rabuken sponsorship, the friendly pre season games celebrated in the United States and as La Liga champion last season; the Manchester United reaches third place, after leading the ranking for two consecutive years, with a not at all insignificant figure of 666 million euros.
Later, it is closely followed by teams like the German Bayern Munich and the French Paris Saint’Germain, with 629.2 million euros and 541.7 million euros, respectively. Highlights the case of the french club, since it is the only French representative in the top 20 for sixth consecutive year: the hiring of Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé have to do with it, being these a total success in terms of economic profitability.
Then there are institutions with somewhat lower revenue, but in the top 20, like Juventus F. C., with 394.9 million euros, Roma with 250 million euros or the dutch Ajax, with 118 million euros.
The last place in the list of top 20 European clubs with most revenue, belongs to the West Ham, that is within the ranking for third consecutive year with 197.9 million euros. Despite its results in the Premier League and its absent in European competitions, the London team has obtained remarkable profits thanks to television rights.
Later on, there are teams with some relevance in Europe, but very far apart in figures with the big and medium, which don’t surpass the 100 million euros; that is the case of the Maccabbi Tel Aviv FC, with a modest 20 million euros, the greek Olympiacos with 62 million euros, or the nordic Malmö FF, with 17.25 million euros.