Massive losses, surprising profits and questionable foundations: Here's what you need to know about Ligue 1 clubs' financial results

13 July 2021

PSG
Photo: Alamy Despite making the Champions League final, PSG reported a loss of €124.9 million in the 2019/20 season.

France's football league has finally published its financial overview of the 2019/20 season, almost a year after it ended.

PSG and Marseille recorded the biggest losses while others like Bordeaux and Lyon also suffered.

The results have been revealed against a backdrop of significant financial turmoil from a cancelled TV rights deal and closed stadiums.

Scroll down to view graphs of the top and bottom performers of a season to remember.

Emil Gjerding Nielson and Joseph Mailil, analyst nielson@offthepitch.com

It took almost a year after the 2019/20 season's end for France's football league, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), to publish its annual financial overview of a campaign when the coronavirus pandemic first started having an impact. 

The report includes the profit and loss accounts and balance sheets of the 40 clubs in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, and while some of the figures make for grim reading, the lack of transparency could seem at odds with an industry vying to become truly professional. 

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