Barcelona's 2019 Budget Reveals Biggest Income in World Sports, $1B Expenditure

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2019

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 01: The captains armband of Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Barcelona have announced their projected budget for the 2019-20 campaign includes a record €1 billion turnover, the highest mark in worldwide sports.

The Catalans took to Twitter to share the financial details:

FC Barcelona @FCBarcelona

FC Barcelona presents new record projection of €1 billion in turnover for the 2019/20 season, the leading income in sports worldwide. https://t.co/Rw8TkyXntG

According to sports writer Samuel Marsden, the Blaugrana had planned to hit the mark by 2021:

Samuel Marsden @samuelmarsden

Barcelona target record turnover of close to €700m as they bid to break €1bn mark by 2021 https://t.co/7QQrlIH37v

The financial details also include a slight increase in profit, moving up from €5 million to €11 million after tax.

The team spent well over €200 million to sign the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Neto and Junior Firpo, among others. They sold a fair number of players as well, though, and the total transfer dealings accounted for just under €100 million.

The additions added to the wage bill, which could take another hit if Lionel Messi signs a new deal. According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t AS' Santi Gimenez), the Catalans want to hand him a lifetime deal, removing a clause that would allow him to leave at the end of the season.

Barcelona are consistently ranked among the most valuable teams in sports, coming in at No. 4 in Forbes' 2019 list, right behind rivals Real Madrid.

The two giants have long profited from unbalanced Spanish TV deals, and even after the introduction of a collective deal, they still receive significantly more than the rest of La Liga, per Swiss Ramble:

Swiss Ramble @SwissRamble

Even after the changes, Barcelona and Real Madrid still receive by far the most TV income from La Liga’s TV deal with around €140m apiece, followed by Atletico Madrid €100m, then a big gap to Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao €70m. Lowest payments went to Girona and Leganes €40m. https://t.co/M3OqlJlqqp

On the pitch, the La Liga champions have struggled to start the season, winning just two of their first four matches in Spain's top division. Borussia Dortmund held them to a 0-0 draw in the UEFA Champions League in their last outing.