Real Madrid and Barcelona have replaced Manchester United as the highest-earning club in the world. While Real Madrid reclaimed their title from Manchester United, FC Barcelona also moved a place up to second from third, according to the latest Deloitte Football Money League published on Thursday.
Premier League club Manchester United slipped from first to third as Real Madrid have regained their place at the top of the rankings after 2014-15. Real had also become the first club to generate more than 750 million euros in revenues collated for the 2017-18 season. Their revenue increased by more than 75 million euros year-on-year as they secured their third successive Champions League title.
La Liga champions Barcelona move up to second from third, as they had earnings of 690.4 million euros, a rise from 648.3 million in the previous year. Manchester United’s slipped from 1st to 3rd as their revenue fall slightly to 666 million euros from 676.3 million.
There are six Premier League clubs in the top 10 with Manchester City completing the leading five in behind Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain are on the sixth place in the rankings, followed by Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal at 7th, 8th and 9th place respectively.
The Deloitte Football Money League in full:
EARNING (in euros)
|1.||Real Madrid||750.9 million|
|3.||Manchester United||666 million|
|4.||Bayern Munich||629.2 million|
|5.||Manchester City||568.4 million|
|6.||Paris Saint-Germain||541.7 million|
“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,” said Dan Jones, a partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.
The senior manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, Sam Boor said, “The substantial presence of Premier League clubs continues to be felt in this year’s Deloitte Football Money League.”
There are no Italian clubs in the top 10 with Juventus slipping to 11th place as their revenue calculated to 394.9 million euros. Real Madrid claimed a record 12th Deloitte Football Money League title in the process.