Forbes New List is Out: FC Barcelona is World’s Highest Earning Club, Tops Man U and Real Madrid
FC Barcelona makes more from sponsorship than any other football club.
Soccer News: Remember the old saying, “The rich get richer?” Well, that seems to be true in soccer — According to ‘Forbes’, Barça receives an annual revenue from sponsorship of $247 million and that is an astounding $45 million more than Manchester United and $47 million more than Real Madrid.
According to many, FC Barcelona is the greatest football club in the world — at least in terms of the quality of its sponsorship deals, as calculated by Forbes.
The success that FC Barcelona’s star power Messi is missing on the football fields of the World Cup, the club is enjoying off the field with the highest annual income of, yes, an outstanding $247 million.
Manchester United which ranks second and Real Madrid which ranks third need to catch up nearly $50 million to secure the top seed in this list.
And Barça is the only club in the Forbes top three whose sponsorship revenue witnessed an increase on the previous season.
While FCB’s income was up by $15 million, Manchester United’s was down by $12 million from 2017. These figures include both kit and stadium sponsorship agreements.
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only La Liga clubs in a Top Ten that is dominated by teams from the English Premier League, with Manchester United ($202 million), Chelsea ($148 million), Arsenal ($89 million), Manchester City ($77 million) and Tottenham Hotspur ($74 million) all featuring.
This leading market position ties in with the increased value of the Barça brand.
A study conducted by Brand Finance last year revealed that FC Barcelona is now in top place thanks to its deals signed with Nike and Rakuten, along with the double winning season enjoyed on the field. Barça now has a brand ratio of AAA+, and its rating has risen from 95.4 to 96.6.
This means the Catalans move above Real Madrid (96.4), with the closest challenges after that coming from Manchester United (94.6), Bayern Munich (93.1) and Liverpool (92.2). Go Barcelona.
Top Image: Andres Iniesta plays at the Copa del Rey final match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Photo Credit: Shutterstock