Deloitte has released their annual Football Money League for the 2017/18 season
It’s the list that pits the biggest football clubs in the world against each other and lets everyone know who the real power is in world football when it comes to money generated, now the latest Deloitte Football Money League rankings have been announced.
Manchester United have fallen two places to third in the latest table of the game’s big earners which was released on Thursday.
The Red Devils’ revenue dropped by nearly £9m compared to 2016/17 but they still brought in a huge £581.2m – good for the best in the Premier League.
Real Madrid topped the world rankings after seeing a huge increase from £579.7m to £665.2m in the past season as they claimed their third straight Champions League title.
This marks the 12th time in the 22-year history of the Deloitte Football Money League that Los Blancos have been named the highest earners but the first time they have taken top spot since 2014/15.
Barcelona’s revenue of £611.6m is good for second place while Bayern Munich made it 11 consecutive seasons in the top five with revenue of £557.4m.
Manchester City retained their place in the global top five and maintained their position as United’s biggest challengers in England with £503.5m in revenue.
Liverpool’s £455.1m is a rise to seventh in the world behind Paris Saint-Germain’s £479.9m but it still marked an increase of more than £90m in revenue for the Reds, largely thanks to an increase of £65.8m in broadcast revenue after reaching the Champions League final.
Chelsea came in at eighth in the world and fourth in England with revenue of £448 – up £80.2m from £367.8m – but Arsenal dropped three places to ninth overall as their revenue fell by £20m to £389.1m without Champions League football.
North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, saw their revenues rise by nearly £70m to £379.4m as they cracked the top ten in the rankings for just the second time, with their first appearance coming in 2006/07.
The move to Wembley may not have been popular on for fans but it allowed Spurs to grow their matchday revenue by £26.5m – an increase of 54% compared to 2016/17 and see six teams from one country in the top ten for the first time.
Elsewhere in England, Everton’s revenue of £188.6m is enough to claim 17th, while Newcastle’s return to the Premier League saw them more than double their revenue from £85.7m to £178.5m – good for 19th in the table.
That puts them just ahead of West Ham, who dropped from 17th to 20th after revenues fell from £183.3m to £175.3m.
Check out the full rankings below (2016/17 rankings in brackets):
- Real Madrid – £665.2m (£579.7m in 2016/17)
- FC Barcelona – £611.6m (£557.1m in 2016/17)
- Manchester United – £581.2m (£590m in 2016/17)
- Bayern Munich – £557.4m (£505.1m in 2016/17)
- Manchester City – £503.5m (£453.5m in 2016/17)
- Paris Saint-Germain – £479.9m (£417.8m in 2016/17)
- Liverpool – £455.1m (£364.5m in 2016/17)
- Chelsea – £448m (£367.8m in 2016/17)
- Arsenal – £389.1m (£419m in 2016/17)
- Tottenham Hotspur – £379.4m (£308.9m in 2016/17)
- Juventus – £349.8m (£348.6m in 2016/17)
- Borussia Dortmund – £281m (£285.8m in 2016/17)
- Atlético Madrid – £269.6m (£234.2m in 2016/17)
- Inter Milan – £248.7m (£225.2m in 2016/17)
- AS Roma – £221.5m (£147.6m in 2016/17)
- Schalke – £216m (£197.8m in 2016/17)
- Everton – £188.6m (£171.2m in 2016/17)
- AC Milan – £184m (£164.7m in 2016/17)
- Newcastle United – £178.5m (£85.7m in 2016/17)
- West Ham United – £175.3m (£183.3m in 2016/17)
Source: Deloitte and UK Media