Barca post big­gest rev­enues among Europe’s cham­pi­ons

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LA Liga cham­pi­ons Barcelona recorded op­er­at­ing rev­enues of ¤839.5mil­lion in the 2018-19 sea­son, over ¤200m more than any of the other vic­tors in Europe’s eight ma­jor leagues, a study from au­dit­ing firm KPMG re­vealed yes­ter­day.

The Span­ish cham­pi­ons’ rev­enues eclipsed those of Ligue 1’s Paris St Ger­main (¤636m), the Bun­desliga’s Bay­ern Mu­nich (¤626m) and the Premier League’s Manch­ester City (¤610m).

Although Barcelona have won the last two league ti­tles and lead the league at the half­way stage this sea­son, they sacked coach Ernesto Valverde and named for­mer Real Betis coach Quique Se­tien as his re­place­ment on Mon­day.

KPMG’s study also in­cluded Serie A’s Ju­ven­tus, the Dutch Ere­di­visie’s Ajax Am­s­ter­dam, Por­tuguese Primeira Liga vic­tors Ben­fica and Turk­ish Su­per Lig win­ners Galatasara­y, who had the low­est rev­enue of the eight clubs (¤146m).

Broad­cast­ing rev­enue, es­pe­cially from the Cham­pi­ons League’s new dis­tri­bu­tion cy­cle which is worth ¤1.976bil­lion a year, was the driv­ing fac­tor in the growth of most clubs’ rev­enues, the study found.

Ital­ian cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus were the no­table ex­cep­tion, with the new Serie A do­mes­tic TV in­come dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem af­fect­ing broad­cast rev­enues, but they saw a 30% in­crease in com­mer­cial rev­enues – thanks mainly to the ar­rival of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

“The most strik­ing trend for the year has been broad­cast­ing rev­enues tak­ing the lead as the main driver for over­all rev­enue in­crease at seven of the eight cham­pi­ons,” KPMG’s global head of sports and the study’s author An­drea Sar­tori said.

“In the pre­vi­ous sea­son, com­mer­cial in­come was the key con­trib­u­tor for growth.”

Ron­aldo’s trans­fer fee and high wages also saw Ju­ven­tus’ losses af­ter tax in­crease by ¤20.7m – the only club among the eight to reg­is­ter a loss.

How­ever, all eight clubs were able to con­trol staff costs within the 70 per­cent thresh­old ra­tio of staff costs to op­er­at­ing rev­enue, which is mon­i­tored by Euro­pean soccer’s gov­ern­ing body Uefa.

Newly-crowned cham­pi­ons such as Ajax and Ben­fica had the high­est year-on-year in­crease in to­tal op­er­at­ing rev­enues, with Ajax, who won their first Dutch ti­tle in five years, post­ing a 117% growth.

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FC Barcelona’s pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu (L) and FC Barcelona’s sports di­rec­tor Eric Abidal (R) poses for the me­dia with the new head coach of the club, Quique Se­tien (C), dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion in Barcelona, Cat­alo­nia, Spain. Se­tien signed his new con­tract with FC Barcelona un­til 2021-2022 sea­son.

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