The Deloitte Football Money League profiles the highest earning clubs in the world football.
Published just eight months after the end of the 2014/15 season, the Money League is the most contemporary and reliable analysis of the clubs‘ relative financial performance.
Combined revenue for the top 20 Money League clubs rose 8% to â‚¬6.6 billion ( £5 billion) in 2014/15. For the first time, the top three clubs have all passed the â‚¬500m revenue mark.
Real Madrid topped the Money League for the eleventh consecutive year, having generated â‚¬577m ( £439m) in the 2014/15 season, buoyed by growth in commercial revenue. Matchday income also saw an increase, and the planned redevelopment of the Santiago BernabÃ©u should see it continue to grow in the coming years.
FC Barcelona’s on-pitch achievements in the 2014/15 season have translated to financial success, with revenue growth in all areas of the business helping the club to climb above Manchester United into second place, with revenues of â‚¬560.8m ( £426.6m).
Manchester United slipped one place to third, but remain the highest revenue-generating club from the Premier League, earning â‚¬519.5m ( £395.2m). The return to UEFA Champions League football, as well as the commencement of a number of significant commercial partnerships, will only strengthen the business in 2015/16. With this in mind, it would not be surprising to see United top next year‘s Money League, with the club forecasting revenues of around £500m (around â‚¬650m).
A record nine Premier League clubs are ranked within this year‘s top 20, one more than in last year‘s edition, helped by a 10% strengthening of sterling versus the euro. Premier League clubs now dominate the top 30, with 17 of those clubs having played in the Premier League during the 2014/15 season.
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