Barcelona are on course to become the world’s highest earning sports club, with record revenues of £804 million (€897 million) forecast for the financial year 2017/18.
Those revenues are boosted by the sale of Brazilian superstar Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of £198 million (€222 million).
“We’re presenting figures for this season which are the highest of any club in the world,” Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau said at a news conference on Wednesday.
“No other teams – not even in the NBA or the NFL – reach these numbers. The club is on track to reach its target [of generating €1 billion a year] by 2021.”
Barca announced revenues of £635 million (€708 million) for the 2016/17 season (which ended on June 30, 2017) and project a 27 per cent increase for the current campaign.
That would mark a fifth consecutive season of record revenue for the Catalan giants.
For comparison, Manchester United posted revenue of £581.2 million (€648.2 million) for the year ending 30 June 2017, after becoming the first British club to break the half-billion mark the previous season.