According to a Spanish daily sports newspaper, Diario AS , tourists to the home grounds of FC Barcelona – Camp Nou and Real Madrid – Bernabeu; which is put at 2.3 million is more than that of Nigeria (1.9 million) and also that of 13 other countries.
Consequently, the El Clasico generates more income than that which Nigeria and others get from tourism.
The estimated tourists of the cited countries are put at Slovakia (2.2 million), Ecuador (1.7 million), Nigeria and Lebanon (1.8 million). The publication has it that both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have a combined income of 1,596 million euros in 2019. This is more than the GDP of Samoa, The Solomon Islands and 12 more countries.
According to the report, both clubs expect their revenue numbers to grow in 2020 thus making the El Clasico involving the two Spanish heavyweights facing each other as the biggest game in the football world and one of the most viewed sporting evens of the year.
The report states further: “When we say ‘heavyweights’, we don’t mean a purely sporting perspective. According to the last financial year’s reports, Real Madrid and Barcelona generated a combined income of 1,596 million euros.”
Diario AS points out that this figure exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP) of the economies of the whole countries. Samoa, The Solomon Islands, Tonga, Dominica, Micronesia and nine more countries generated less in a year.
Here is a useful graphic by Diario AS demonstrating the enormity of profits produced by Madrid and Barca:
The Catalans predict a 5.8% improvement (57 million euros). However, Madrid are hoping to have even better figures in 2020 with an 8.6% increase (65 million euros) in revenue.