FC Barcelona is once again second in annual revenue among world football clubs, according to the 2017 Football Money League, an annual study carried out by Deloitte, the multinational auditing firm.
The 20th edition of the study placed Manchester United at the top of the list for the 2015/16 season with revenues of €689m. FC Barcelona came in second with €620.2m in revenues, followed by Real Madrid — which led the ranking last year — with income of €620.1m.
The high rate of revenue growth, particularly in the commercial area, moved Barça ahead of Real Madrid, thanks to a growth of 11% compared to what was reported in last year’s study. This year’s analysis, which corresponds to the last fiscal year, saw Barça surpass €620m, a continuation of its upward trend, thus laying the foundation for future growth. In looking ahead, Deloitte highlighted the bar FC Barcelona has set for itself to become the first club to reach €1bn in revenues, and noted that the club could reach the top spot in next year’s edition.
The Deloitte study takes into account the earnings teams generate through broadcast rights, commercial sources, and matchday income. The analysis, however, does not include revenues stemming from player transfer fees.
Taken together, this is the result from the Club’s first year implementing the Strategic Plan, a roadmap for managing the Club from 2016 to 2021. The Strategic Plan aims to solidify FC Barcelona’s position as the sports most admired, beloved and global sports entity, which is based on the pursuit of five strategic areas: sporting excellence, maximum social involvement, development of sports infrastructure, the Barça brand and its global stature, and economic management and sustainability.