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Profitability of "Big five" professional football leagues Europe 2009-19, by league

The statistic shows the operating profit of the "Big five" European football league clubs from 2009 to 2019, by league. The operating profit is the net of revenues less wage costs and other operating costs, excluding player trading and certain exceptional items.


The clubs within the Premier League continue to yield the greatest profit of each the "Big five" European football league clubs. In the 2016/17 season, every club within the Premier League recording an operating profit resulting in the greatest aggregate operating profit ever of over 1.2 billion euros. Although in the 2017/18 season, this aggregate operating profit was reduced to approximately 979 million euros, three clubs announced record operating profits in excess of 100 million euros.


Similarly, within the 2016/17 season, La Liga clubs recorded their highest ever aggregate operating profit with approximately 455 million euros. This was reduced in the 2017/18 season to its lowest since 2014/15, due to rapid growth in the wage costs reported by La Liga clubs.


In the 2017/18 season the Ligue 1 clubs were the only of the ‘big five’ leagues to record an aggregate operating loss, seeing a deficit increase to 298 million euro, their worst aggregate operating result to date. As with the reduction to La Liga clubs’ aggregate operating profit, these losses were primarily driven by the high wages to revenue ratio of Ligue 1 clubs.


Unlike the aggregate operating profits of clubs within the Premier League, La Liga, and Ligue 1; the Bundesliga clubs collectively saw an increase in operating profit recording their best aggregate operating result to date with a profit of approximately 373 million euros.


Similarly, in 2017/18 Italian clubs recorded an aggregate operating profit of over 50 million euros, their best result to date.

Operating profit of "Big five" European football league clubs from 2009 to 2019, by league

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

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