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Revealed – How much money top European clubs make from fans attending games?

Figures from UEFA’s Club Licensing Benchmark Report for the financial year 2018 reveal how much money top European clubs make from fans attending games.

Revealed – How much money top European clubs make from fans attending games?

The share of gate receipts in the overall revenue of clubs across the top five European leagues stands, on average, at a considerable 15%.

Football club Barcelona made the most money from fans going to the Camp Nou to watch the Catalan side play in the financial year 2018, figures from UEFA’s Club Licensing Benchmark Report reveal.

The reigning La Liga champions made an astounding €164m from gate receipts during the under-consideration financial year. This means that the club generated €5.7m from gate receipts per match, with each visitor to the Camp Nou on matchday contributing €92.8 to the overall amount.Barcelona’s fierce rivals Real Madrid weren’t quite far behind. Los Blancos made €146m in gate receipts during the financial year 2018, which boils down to a hefty amount of €4.9m per matchday and €86.6 average earnings per match attendee.Given the fact that it has one of the biggest football stadiums in European football in Allianz Arena that can host over 75,000 fans, it shouldn’t be surprising that Bayern makes quite a lot of money from match-going attendees.

The reigning Bundesliga champions made €122m in gate receipts during the financial year 2018, with its per matchday earning of €4.9m placing it above second-place Real Madrid, though Los Blancos make more money per visitor (€86.6) than the Bavarian outfit (€71.8)

Considering the few underwhelming seasons they have had of late, it is surprising that Premier League outfit Arsenal were the fourth biggest winners of gate receipts across the top-five European leagues in the financial year 2018.

The Gunners made €112m from its matchday attendees during the said period, €5m higher than its fierce rivals Man United who generated €107m from match-visiting attendees in the same year. The Red Devils made more money in gate receipts per game (€4.1m vs €3.7m), but lost out to the gunners in average earnings per match attendee (€62.2 vs €72.3).

Four more Premier League clubs compete the top 10

Paris Saint-Germain, the French champions that have upended domestic football since their takeover by the UAE-based consortium in 2008, made €100m from gate receipts.

Reigning European Champions Liverpool are the next team on the list, with the Reds raking in a whopping €90m from gate receipts during the financial year 2018.

Below Liverpool lay Tottenham whose entry into their modern stadium seems to have started paying dividends for their coffers as the North London club raked in €80m from gate receipts during the said period, more than Chelsea (€76m) and Manchester City (€64m).


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