Shake-ups in the top 10 of latest KPMG Football Benchmark report
The report measures up until 1st January 2020, and although KPMG acknowledge that the football landscape is slight different than it was five months ago, the analysis conducted will not only allow football insiders to see the growth of clubs over the past five years as compared to past editions, but will also provide a fascinating insight when it comes to next year’s report, to be able to see just how the pandemic has affected the industry we hold near and dear.
Looking at the results revealed this year, the overall enterprise value of the 32 most prominent European football clubs has increased by 12% upon last year, bringing the value up to EUR 39.7 billion and continuing upon the trend of growth that has been seen the past four years
Although some teams managed to hold their place, with Real Madrid CF and Manchester United maintaining their positions of 1st and 2nd respectively, the top 10 did feature a few shake-ups, one of which was FC Barcelona reclaiming their 3rd place position through their record operating revenues, after dipping below Bayern München in the 2019 edition of the report.
Premier League teams have seen a reorganisation as well with Liverpool FC jumping up two spots to 5th position whilst Arsenal FC have dropped two spots to 10th, being overtaken by Paris Saint-Germain and rivals, Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Teams from France managed to hold their own in this year’s edition, with Paris Saint-Germain FC making it back into the Top 10 and registering the second highest annual EV increase, whilst Olympique Lyonnais have topped the ranking in percentage EV growth since the first edition back in 2016, recording a growth of 193% (from an EV value of EUR 186 million to EUR 543 million) in only four years. On the other hand, Italian teams did not come out looking as strong with Juventus, the only Italian club to have been represented in the Top 10 in the history of the report, have dropped down to 11th place whilst AC Milan were the only team to have registered a decrease in the top 32 across the last four years.
More of the findings, along with KPMG’s analysis, can be found by visiting the full report here.
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