After defeating Juventus in the Champions League final 3-1 last weekend and winning the treble, Spanish soccer power Barcelona is set to score a new shirt deal with Qatar Airways.
Sources familiar with the negotiations but not authorized to speak about them publicly because nothing has been signed yet, say the new deal with be worth twice as much as the existing one.
Currently, Qatar pays Barcelona $45 million a year to put its name on the team’s jersey. The existing agreement expires after the 2015-16 season.
The new shirt deal would place Barcelona ahead of current leader Manchester United, which has an $80 million a year agreement with General Motors. Spanish rival Real Madrid takes in only $39 million a year from Emirates that runs to 2018.
Not only is Barcelona the best soccer team in the world, but it has the greatest trio of stars on the pitch with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Barcelona boast a tremendous following on social media in part because the Catalonia style of play oozes class. No doubt all of this comes into play when calibrating the value of a shirt deal.
During the 2014-15 season, Barcelona’s revenue should come close to $680 million. By the time the new shirt deal begins the Catalonia side could be a $700 million a year in revenue team.