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Manchester City return to profitability as revenue hits record UK£569.8m

2020/21 financial year sees Premier League champions bring in more than Manchester rivals for first time.

13 January 2022 PA

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  • City record UK£2.4m profit after suffering UK£126m loss for 2019/20
  • Drop in matchday revenue offset by Uefa Champions League income
  • Broadcast revenue stands at UK£297.4m as commercial income climbs to UK£271.7m

Manchester City’s revenues exceeded those of rivals Manchester United for the first time last year, newly published figures have revealed.

The Premier League leaders reported record revenue of UK£569.8 million (US$782.8 million) for the 2020/21 season, an increase of 19 per cent on the previous year, with a profit of UK£2.4 million (US$3.3 million).

United recorded revenue of UK£494.1 million (US$678.8 million) for the financial year ended 30th June 2021, although the figures were heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with the loss of matchday income at Old Trafford particularly keenly felt.

City’s latest figures, published in their annual report for 2020/21, represent a club record in terms of revenue and reflect a highly successful campaign on the field.

The men’s first team won both the Premier League and Carabao Cup and reached the Uefa Champions League final for the first time.

Matchday revenue fell from UK£41.7 million (US$57.3 million) to just UK£700,000 (US$961,000) as a result of matches being played behind closed doors, but the club said this 98 per cent reduction was offset by Champions League income. Commercial revenue was UK£271.7 million (US$373.2 million) with broadcast income UK£297.4 million (US$408.6 million).

The return to profitability comes after a loss of UK£126 million (US$173 million) in 2019/20, when the pandemic first hit.

Chief executive Ferran Soriano said: “The season closed with the team having played 63 out of a maximum possible 64 matches, taking home the Premier League title, winning a record-equalling eight League Cups, reaching the final of the Uefa Champions League for the first time and breaking a raft of records in the process. This is not a club that gives up when the going gets tough.

“From a business perspective, we were pleased to return to profitability, having successfully navigated the revenue challenges created by the pandemic. Covid-19 did not stop us, and we continued to grow, innovate and develop new ideas.

“We are hopeful that the pandemic-related challenges from the last two seasons will continue to subside, as we keep working tirelessly towards our objectives.

“And while we cannot dismiss the pain of missing out on the trophy in Porto at our first ever Uefa Champions League final, we must also pause to savour the fact that Manchester City has won three of the last four Premier League titles, and are now looking ahead to what we can do to achieve even greater success in the next stage of our journey.”

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