Data from Deloitte’s annual Football Money League has revealed that French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain earns the most matchday revenue relative to its stadium capacity, averaging some €2,099 (£1,821/$2,396) per seat.
PSG ranks sixth in the overall Money League table, which has been compiled by the Sports Business Group of Deloitte by using total revenue extracted from the financial statements of the company or group in respect of each club, or other direct sources, for the 2017-18 season.
The annual matchday income for PSG, which plays at the 47,929-seat Parc des Princes stadium, totalled €100.6m. The club’s lofty position can be partly attributed to high ticket prices and an investment in high-end hospitality spaces.
PSG’s matchday revenue per seat average of €2,099 just edged out English Premier League club Chelsea (€2,003), which plays at the 41,631-seat Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s Premier League rival Arsenal completes the top three, with the North London club having generated €111.6m in matchday revenue at its 60,260-capacity Emirates Stadium.
Real Madrid ranked first in the overall FML table but only placed fourth in terms of matchday revenue generated per seat (€1,769). The club plays at the 81,044-seat Santiago Bernabéu, which is set to undergo a major renovation.
Real’s matchday income of €143.4m was only surpassed by arch rival Barcelona, which generated €144.8m. Barcelona placed seventh in terms of matchday revenue per seat, averaging €1,457. Barcelona does however have the largest stadium among Europe’s biggest clubs, with the Camp Nou seating 99,354 fans.
Real was followed by Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United in fifth and sixth, respectively, for matchday revenue per seat. German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, Italian Serie A team Juventus and Premier League side Manchester City completed the top 10. City, which plays at the 55,097-seat Etihad Stadium, ranked fifth in the overall table but earned a relatively low €63.9m in matchday income.
Four more Premier League clubs make up the top 20 in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Everton and West Ham United. Others to feature include LaLiga side Atlético Madrid, Bundesliga outfits Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund, and Serie A clubs AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
For a more in-depth look at the overall Money League table, which saw Real Madrid topple United to reclaim top spot, click here.