Since its acquisition by QSI in 2011, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has become a powerhouse in European football. The Qatari owners' goal was to build a strong brand that would be recognized on a global scale.
Popularity of PSG
With a significant fan base in Asia and the Middle East, PSG has achieved this objective. Despite this, the club continues to chase its first Champions League victory.
Financial Standing of PSG
The 26th edition of the Football Money League by Deloitte discloses PSG's financial prowess. As of 2022, PSG is among the clubs generating the highest revenues in European football. It has managed to exceed other major clubs such as Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and FC Barcelona in terms of revenue. This ascent is accentuated by the financial struggles of FC Barcelona, which plummeted from fourth to seventh place, providing an advantage to PSG.
- The club earned 654.2 million euros in 2021, positioning it as the fifth most profitable club, behind Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Manchester City.
- There was a notable 18% increase in PSG's revenue from the previous year.
- The club's commercial revenue reached a record high in 2022 with 383 million euros.
Impact of Player Departures
There are concerns that the departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar could potentially lead to a decrease in revenue, especially in ticket sales, an area where PSG typically excels. The Parc des Princes stadium, despite having a seating capacity of 48,583, recorded the highest match-day ticket sales revenue with 132 million euros in 2022.
PSG in Global Club Rankings
Interestingly, among the 30 most profitable clubs, 16 hail from the Premier League while only one is from France: PSG. England holds a dominant position in the rankings, with Benfica and Ajax being the sole clubs outside the “big five leagues” listed. There is a concern that PSG might experience a drop in various rankings following the departures of their two South American stars, which could be offset by the presence of Kylian Mbappé.