Workers install a giant replica of the Champions League trophy ahead of the UEFA group stage draw outside the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

APNewsBreak: Study finds huge wealth gap in European soccer

September 04, 2019 - 5:43 pm

A study commissioned by UEFA to aid in the debate over the future of the Champions League shows the financial and talent gap between the top five European leagues and the other 50 leagues on the continent is growing.

The destabilizing effect of the power of the "Big Five" leagues — England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France — is set out across a 50-page study by accounting firm Deloitte marked "private and confidential" and obtained by The Associated Press after being presented to UEFA's Professional Football Strategy Council in Monaco.

Among the findings, the report said, the Big Five accounts for 74 percent of the 19.7 billion euros ($21.7 billion) generated by leagues across the continent, up from the 68 percent 10 seasons earlier.

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