Real Madrid have regained their place as the highest earning club in world football replacing Manchester United, in the latest edition of the Deloitte Football Money League.

Deloitte Football Money League ranks the top 20 clubs by revenue in world football. It is now in its 22nd edition.

Real Madrid have become the first club to generate more than €750million in revenue in figures collated for the 2017-18 season. It is the 12th time that Madrid have topped the rankings, and the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Manchester United have slipped from first to third position. LaLiga champions Barcelona move up to second from third, while Tottenham have climbed into the top 10 for only the second time.
There are six Premier League clubs in the top 10, with Manchester City completing the leading five in behind Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

The Deloitte Football Money League in full :

  1. Real Madrid – €750.9m
  2. Barcelona – €690.4m
  3. Manchester United – €666m
  4. Bayern Munich – €629.2m
  5. Manchester City – €568.4m
  6. Paris Saint-Germain – €541.7m
  7. Liverpool – €513.7m
  8. Chelsea – €505.7m
  9. Arsenal – €439.2m
  10. Tottenham – €428.3m
  11. Juventus – €394.9m
  12. Borussia Dortmund – €317.2m
  13. Atletico Madrid – €304.4m
  14. Inter – €280.8m
  15. Roma – €250m
  16. Schalke – €243.8m
  17. Everton – €212.9m
  18. AC Milan – €207.7m
  19. Newcastle United – €201.5m
  20. West Ham – €197.9m

Though two La Liga teams top the rankings, the top 10 is dominated by English sides, with six of the 10 teams coming from the Premier League. It is the most teams ever in the top 10 from a single country.
Nine of the 20 teams in the rankings are from the Premier League, while four of the teams hail from Italy, three from Spain, three from Germany, and one from France.

Overall, the 20 clubs in the rankings raked in €8.3bn combined last season, a new record. Broadcast revenue remains the largest individual income stream, making up 43 per cent of total revenue.

“European football remains a bull market, with annual revenue growth of almost €450million in this year’s Football Money League,” said Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.

Real Madrid trophy cabinet

“At the top, we have seen Real Madrid shatter records, becoming the first club to break the three-quarters-of-a-billion-euro mark and claim a record 12th Money League title in the process.
Real Madrid’s outstanding financial performance in 2017-18 is built on their long history of success on the pitch, most recently three consecutive Champions League titles. This has enabled the club to continue to drive commercial revenue as the appetite to partner with Europe’s most successful clubs remains stronger than ever.

“Most of our top 10 are through to the round of 16 of the Champions League and forecasting further revenue growth, meaning their relative performances in UEFA’s flagship competition this season could have a noticeable impact on our rankings next year.”

“The substantial presence of Premier League clubs continues to be felt in this year’s Deloitte Football Money League,” said Sam Boor, senior manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.
He added : “However, with the Premier League’s tender for the next cycle of domestic rights from 2019-20 complete and sale of overseas rights nearing conclusion, it is clear that Premier League clubs will be unable to rely on explosive growth in broadcast distributions as a source of future growth, as has been the case in recent years.
As a result, we expect an even greater emphasis among these clubs on generating their own growth in the coming season, and in particular the optimisation of commercial revenue, which has been a key area for differentiating growth across most of Europe’s leading clubs in recent years.”

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