Over the last two decades, football became a massive cash-generating industry bringing millions of euros of profit across Europe. Although the coronavirus crisis produced a costly financial hit to European football leagues, the world’s most famous football clubs still managed to increase their enterprise value.
According to data presented by SafeBettingSites.com, the three most expensive professional football clubs in the world hit €10bn in midpoint enterprise value in 2020, a €900 million increase in a year.
Real Madrid’s Enterprise Value Jumped 20% in Four Years
Real Madrid CF ranked as the leading football club in 2020, with more than €3.4bn in midpoint enterprise value, a 7.9% increase in a year, revealed the KPMG Football Clubs’ Valuation: The European Elite 2020 data.
Statistics show the famous Spanish professional football club that generated over €757 million in revenue last season witnessed a steady rise in its enterprise value. In 2016, the market value of Real Madrid’s business amounted to €2.9bn. This figure rose to €2.97bn in the next twelve months. After a slight drop in 2018, the club’s enterprise value jumped to €3.2bn in 2019. Statistics indicate the market value of Real Madrid’s business jumped by almost 20% since 2016.
Manchester United ranked as the second most valuable professional football club in 2020, with €3.3bn in midpoint enterprise value, a 4.2% increase in a year and a 15% increase since 2016. The Statista data also revealed that the largest club in Premier League hit more than €673 million in revenue in the season 2018/2019, with around 43% of that value generated through the sponsorship, retail, merchandising, apparel, and product licensing. Moreover, the club recorded a profit of over €20.7 million for its 2019 fiscal year.
FC Barcelona Jumped to Third Place With a 19% Increase in a Year
FC Barcelona ranked third on the list of the most expensive European football clubs in 2020, overtaking FC Bayern München. Statistics show the midpoint enterprise value of the famous Spanish football club hit nearly €3.2bn in 2020, a 19% jump in a year, and almost 34% jump since 2016.
A recent SafeBettingSites.com report also revealed that FC Barcelona tops the list of European football clubs with a $12.28 million average annual player salary in the season 2019/2020. The Spanish football giant also hit a record revenue of $959.3 million in the season 2018/2019 and ranked as the biggest cash-generating football club for the first time.
Statistics show FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC close the list of the top five European football clubs in 2020, with €2.8bn and €2.6bn in enterprise value, respectively.