The figures bring together detailed comparable analysis from 700 sets of audited statements over the last decade, but only include details up to and including the 2017 financial year. Premier League clubs’ aggregate revenue was 5.3bn euros, comfortably more than La Liga (2.9bn euros), Bundesliga (2.8bn), Serie A (2.1bn) and Ligue 1 (1.6bn).
The first year of the current Premier League TV rights cycle fuelled the biggest gain over European rivals, with television revenue increasing by 47 per cent, currently totalling £2.8 billion in global rights pay packets.
The league has already raised £8.3billion alone for 2019 to 2022 and could go as high as £9billion, a 20 per cent uplift on the previous deal.
Overall, the 38 English and German top-division clubs are responsible for 40 per cent of all top-division sponsorship.
The English top flight has the highest aggregate wage bills, but the depreciation of the pound sterling and strong double digit growth in Spain and Germany has reduced the gap.
English clubs paid 2.2 times the wages of La Liga clubs in 2016 but this has dropped to 1.8 times in 2017. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Southampton featured in the top 20 clubs ranked by wages.