The newest edition of the Deloitte Football Money League has been released, with Bayern Munich finally moving ahead of Manchester United in the standings. This takes the Bavarians to 3rd place, putting the team behind only Barcelona and Real Madrid in the overall table.
In case you’re not aware, every year Deloitte publishes a ranking of the top 20 richest clubs in Europe based on revenue. According to Deloitte, the top 20 clubs generated a combined revenue of 8.2 billion euros in 2019/20, down 12% from the previous season. German clubs suffered the least from financial losses, on account of the early Bundesliga restart.
Man United saw a large revenue hit owing to the pandemic shutdown, and the fact that the English football season wasn’t completed in the given time frame (per Sky). However, this also means that Bayern’s numbers don’t take the Champions League win into account, so the overall numbers should still be close.
Liverpool have ranked among the top five clubs of the Deloitte Football Money League for the time in almost 20 years.— Sky Sports (@SkySports) January 26, 2021
Overall, Bayern’s revenue only saw a 4% decrease year-on-year. That is almost certain to increase next year, as the impact of the ghost games starts being felt on the balance sheets. So even though the club is pretty rich overall, don’t expect too many big moves in the transfer market next season. Barcelona, who are 1st in the table, are staring at the brink of financial collapse, and things aren't much better at Madrid.
Overall, things are tough for everyone at the moment. We'll just have to deal with it.