Champions League quarter finalists set to score £2.2bn revenue hit
The four Premier League clubs playing in this week’s first leg quarter finals of the Champions League generated two thirds of the total footballing revenues of the last eight and this week's games are set to generate record revenues
9 Apr 2019
Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United are responsible for 63% (€2.2bn/£1.9bn) of the total revenue of €3.5bn (£3.01bn) posted by the eight participating clubs in 2017/18.
Tomorrow night’s Barcelona versus Manchester United game is the richest tie in the history of UEFA competition, with the clubs generating combined revenue of almost €1.4bn (£1.21bn).
Tonight’s all-Premier League tie between Manchester City and Tottenham is worth combined revenue of €1bn (£860,000) for the two English clubs.
Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said: ‘Real Madrid generated the highest revenues in world club football last season, and have dominated UEFA’s flagship competition in recent years.
‘However, Real Madrid’s elimination from this year’s Champions League prior to the quarter finals provides Barca [Barcelona] and United with the perfect opportunity to close the financial gap at the top of next year’s Money League.
‘Participating and progressing in the Champions League delivers significant revenue benefits in terms of UEFA distributions and matchday revenue, and sustained success on the pitch is also likely to translate into commercial revenue growth over time.’
Deloitte calculates quarter finalists have already earned a minimum distribution from UEFA in excess of €60m (£52m), and the team that lifts the trophy, and possibly others, will generate in excess of €100m in central distributions alone.
Liverpool’s opponents Porto have never been in the Deloitte money league top 20, while Dutch team Ajax, who take on Juventus have only made the ranking on one occasion, in the 1996/97 season when they reached the Champions League semi final.
By Pat Sweet