Barca vs. Arsenal to be the highest combined revenue game in UCL history
The Champions League clash between Barcelona and Arsenal features two clubs with combined revenues of almost one billion euros -- the highest ever for a last-16 tie in the competition, according to new figures.
The Deloitte Football Money League, which profiles the highest-earning clubs in world football, puts the two clubs' combined revenue from 2014-15 at €996.3 million (£769.9m). Barcelona's revenue is €560.8m (£433.3m) and Arsenal's €435.5m (£336.5m).
The clubs in the last 16 have a total revenue of more than €4.3 billion (£3.3bn).
The European tie with the second highest joint revenue takes place in the Europa League, where Manchester United take on Liverpool in a meeting featuring teams with a combined revenue of €911.3m (£704.2m).
Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: "FC Barcelona and Arsenal generate the second and seventh highest revenues in world club football.
"Participating and progressing in the Champions League delivers significant revenue benefits in terms of UEFA distributions and matchday revenue, and success on the pitch can also translate into commercial uplifts.
"FC Barcelona's Champions League triumph last year resulted in UEFA distributions of €61m -- an increase of €19.1m from the previous season. Similarly, Juventus' successful run to the final last season helped the club to achieve total revenue growth of 16 percent."
Real Madrid are top of the Money League with revenue of €577m (£445.9m), but their opponents Roma are only 16th with €180.4m (£139.4m).
Arsenal vs. Barcelona and Roma vs. Real Madrid are two of four ties in the last 16 which have total combined revenues of more than €750m (£579.6m).
The other two are Paris Saint-Germain (€480.8m, £371.6m) vs. Chelsea (€420m, £324.6m) -- the Londoners are ranked eighth in the Money League, and Juventus (€323.9m, £250.3m) vs. Bayern Munich (€474m, £366.3m).
Manchester City are ranked sixth in the Money League with total revenue of €463.5m (£358.1m), but no figures were available for their opponents Dynamo Kiev.