Clubs owned by oil-rich states are the biggest revenue growers of the decade

3 January 2020

Photo: Getty Images Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (center) of Abu Dhabi bought Manchester City in 2008 for approximately £210 million.

PSG, boosted by their Qatari ownership, managed to increase their revenue by a whopping 671 per cent from 2010 to 2019, while Manchester City's UAE owners oversaw a 328 per cent increase.

Arsenal had the lowest revenue growth among the Premier League's "Big Six" clubs, and the top Italian clubs were generally underperforming - with the exception of Juventus.

Emil Gjerding Nielson

PSG and Manchester City, both clubs owned by oil-rich states, were the biggest revenue growers among the top European clubs over the past decade, an analysis by reveals. This finding highlights the significant impact their Qatari and UAE owners have had on their businesses. 

PSG's revenue increased from €82.7 million in the 2009/10 season to €637.8 million in the 2018/19 season, a 671 per cent increase, the biggest increase among the 15 clubs analysed. 

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