The COVID-19 pandemic left a significant mark on the entire football ecosystem, facing clubs with considerable drops in revenue and market value, and German football clubs are no exception.
According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, the market value of FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig, as the top three Bundesliga clubs, plunged by €105 million year-over-year to around €2bn in 2021.
Borussia Dortmund`s Value Plunged by $75.8M
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany had the best-supported league in Europe, with an average of over 43 thousand fans flocking to the stadiums to watch the live-action every weekend.
The WeltFussball data show Bayern Munich had the largest attendance in the Bundesliga, with an average of 57,353 spectators attending their home league games during the 2019/20 season. However, these figures were significantly lower than in previous seasons as the final eight rounds of fixtures were played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
As the leading Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich was valued at €911.7 million last season, revealed TransferMarkt data. However, this figure plunged by €20.3 million to €891.4 million in 2021.
Statistics show that Borussia Dortmund lost nearly €76 million in market value amid the COVID-19 crisis, the most significant drop among the top three Bundesliga clubs. Germany’s second most-valuable football club was valued at €691 million last season. This figure plunged to €615.2 million in 2021.
The market value of RB Leipzig, the third-largest football club in Germany, dropped by €9.2 million in a year landing at €552.6 million in the season 2020/2021.
Erling Haaland`s Market Value Jumped by €40B in 2020, the Biggest Increase Among Top Players
Erling Haaland ranked as the most expensive Bundesliga footballer with a valuation of €100 million as of November 2020. The TransferMarkt data revealed the market value of Borussia Dortmund`s centre-forward player jumped by €40 million last year, the biggest increase among the top Bundesliga players.
His team-mate Jadon Sancho also hit €100 million in market value in November, €30 million less than in March last year.
FC Bayern Munich’s right-winger Serge Gnabry, as the third most expensive footballer in Bundesliga, was valued at €90 million in November, the same as at the beginning of 2020.
The TransferMarkt data also showed Leroy Sané`s €45 million worth transfer to Bayern Munich was the highest expenditure of the German Bundesliga in the season 2020/2021. Patrick Schick`s transfer to Bayer Leverkusen and Emre Can`s transfer to Borussia Dortmund ranked second and third, with €26.5 million and €25 million values, respectively.