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5 November 2021 - 12:48 PM

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The Primeira Liga is known as Europe’s conveyor belt for top talents, but is it enough to keep the clubs’ financials sustainable in the long run?

  • Off The Pitch has analysed the newly-released financial statements for the top four Portuguese clubs, which paints a clear picture of dependence on two income streams. 
  • The Portuguese clubs’ reputation for monetising young player development and shipping them off for significant profits is a key strategy to keep them profitable.
  • Covid-19 has impacted the four clubs negatively by lowering matchday revenue, but the main reasons for three out of four clubs having lower turnover in the 2020/2021 season is another important revenue source.

Portuguese football has produced some serious talent in the twenty first century, and with players like Cristiano Ronaldo, João Félix and Bruno Fernandes, it has one of the most promising national squads in the world of football with young talents coming through the ranks faster than ever.  

This has resulted in Portugal winning the European Championship and the Nations League in recent years. 

The massive increase in appetite for young players among Europe's big

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