Barcelona income on course to reach €1billion in 2021 after club announce record financial results

Richard Parry
New arrival | Barcelona's new signing, Brazilian midfielder Arthur, cost £35m: AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona matched their feats on the pitch by announcing a club-record income in their financial results for the 2017-18 season.

The Liga club, who won the league and Copa del Rey during the campaign, while also setting the longest unbeaten run in La Liga history (33 matches) said their income had been €910million (3805m), while making a €13m profit after tax.

This represents an operating profit of €32m.

While the financial results include the world record £200.6m sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, they also come after Barca broke their transfer record twice on the signings of Ousmane Dembele (£96.8m) from Borussia Dortmund and Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for £106.4m.

Furthermore, the club believes that this now puts them on course to meet their plan to make €1billion by 2021.

In Pictures | Philippe Coutinho joins Barcelona | 07/01/2018

In Pictures | Philippe Coutinho joins Barcelona | 07/01/2018

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"The board has valued the final balance of the year positively, and it's in line with the strategic plan of the club to reach €1,000million of income in 2021," read a statement.

Barcelona’s growth as a commercial powerhouse over the past decade has been helped by their shift in tradition regarding shirt sponsorship.

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu Photo: REUTERS/Albert Gea


The club’s jerseys did not carry sponsorship prior to 2010, before a deal reportedly worth £25m a year was signed with the Qatar Foundation, and then Qatar Airways.

Those agreement expired in 2016, and was succeeded by a deal with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, said to be worth up to €61.5m a season.

In February 2018, the club also announced a deal with Turkish electronics company Beko worth a reported €19m a year purely for the sponsorship of the club’s training gear.