French Ligue 1 football club Olympique Lyonnais hit record ticketing revenues of €34.9m (£30.5m/$39.1m) during the first nine months of the 2018-19 financial year, an increase of 17 per cent from last year.

Lyon also notched record total revenues of €223.8m, accrediting the 19 per cent increase of €36.1m to the men’s team performance in the UEFA Champions League.

The French club’s media revenue also shot up by 112 per cent against the previous year, hitting €109.9m.

Its appearance in the UEFA Champions League also helped to drive matchday revenue to record levels, with its round of 16 game against Spanish LaLiga club Barcelona bringing in €5m.

Lyon’s events business, which also involves hiring out its Groupama Stadium for large seminars and conventions, saw its overall income fall €1.8m to €5.2m.

The decrease was reportedly due to fewer major events compared with the year before, during which the Groupama Stadium hosted the France versus New Zealand rugby union game.

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