The Deloitte Football Money League for 2020 has been released, and the results look good for Bayern Munich. The German Rekordmiester retained 4th spot on the table, behind the two Spanish giants and Manchester United, while posting a modest increase in revenue from 2018 to 2019.
FC Barcelona took top spot with a staggering €840.8m in total revenue, leapfrogging Real Madrid as the richest club in the world. They are the first team to break the 800m euro barrier, which suggests that these superclubs will only keep getting richer.
Bayern Munich were the only German club in the top 10. The Bavarians recorded a total revenue of €660.1m in 2019, a number likely impacted by the early exit in the Champions League to Liverpool. Commercial revenue made up the bulk of the club’s income — €356.5m, the third highest in the world behind Barcelona and PSG.
This is the 4th year in a row that Bayern have been in 4th place, and the gap to the teams below keeps shrinking — both PSG and Manchester City have recorded significant increases in revenue, as have Liverpool on the backs of their Champions League triumph. Hopefully, the club’s new 50m a season deal with Audi will help keep these teams at bay.
Clubs with the highest revenues in 2018/19 (Deloitte Money League) pic.twitter.com/3Oiv0CTc5l— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) January 14, 2020
As for the rest of the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund come in at 12th place, with a total revenue of €377.1m — less than 60% of Bayern’s income. Schalke are the only other team in the top 20, at 15th place with €324.8m, which is worrying because they’re rather useless on the pitch.
While Bayern have managed to be a consistent presence on the Money League table for some time now, the dominance of the EPL will worry fans of the Bundesliga. As more and more talent heads to England, the quality of the league is sure to suffer heavily. Hopefully, BVB and a couple of other teams can get their act together and start pushing more in Europe, to help the Bundesliga recover lost ground.