According to an annual Uefa report, Europe’s 710 top-tier football clubs pulled in a record €20.11bn ($22.89 bn) in collective revenues during the 2017 financial year. However, nearly half of that revenue – €9.7bn – was concentrated among just 30 clubs.
The top 30 clubs saw their combined revenues increase by seven per cent in the 2017 financial year. Manchester United was the most successful club from a revenue standpoint and 13 of the top 30 clubs were English. In addition, the 38 clubs in the top flight leagues of England and Germany were responsible for 40 per cent of total top-flight revenue. English clubs alone accounted for over a quarter of the total revenue.
“Over the past ten years highlighted in the report, English Premier League clubs have extended their revenue advantage, growing on average by 144 million euros per club,” the report said.
Aleksander Čeferin, Uefa’s president, said in his introduction to the report that the financial numbers was bringing competitive balance into the forefront, “illustrating how financial gaps are augmented by globalisation and technological change”.
Also of note in the report, Paris Saint-Germain unseated Arsenal as the club with the highest average ticket price in Europe. PSG’s average “yield” of €86.9 per attendee topped the list for the continent. Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund led the continent in attendance, with an average of 79,496 per home match.