Spanish Giant, Real Madrid retained their place at the summit of the world’s 20 richest football clubs for the 11th year in a row, having generated £439m, according to Deloitte Football Money League.
Although, half of the top 30 highest-earning football clubs in the world play in the Premier League, but Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona lead the way.
Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona rose two places to second on the list, pushing Manchester United down to third. Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich completed the top five.
Real Madrid actually saw a £4.3m fall in broadcast revenue but significant gains in commercial revenue and matchday income made up for the loss.
“It would not be surprising to see Manchester United top next year’s Money League for the first time in 12 years, with the club forecasting revenues of around £500m.”
Tim Bridge, Senior Manager at Deloitte
The 2016 Deloitte Football Money League (2014-15 revenue in millions of euros):
1. Real Madrid (€577m), 2. Barcelona (€560.8m), 3. Man Utd (€519.5m), 4. Paris St Germain (€480.8m), 5. Bayern Munich (€474m), 6. Man City (€463.5m, 7. Arsenal (€435.5m), 8. Chelsea (€420m), 9. Liverpool (€391.8m) 10. Juventus (€323.9m).
11. Borussia Dortmund (€280.6m), 12. Tottenham (€257.5m), 13. Schalke (219.7m), 14. AC Milan (€199.1m), 15. Atletico Madrid (€187.1m), 16. Roma (€180.4m), 17. Newcastle (€169.3m), 18. Everton (€165.1m), 19. Inter Milan (€164.8m), 20. West Ham (€160.9m).
21. Galatasaray (€159.1m), 22. Southampton (€149.5m), 23. Aston Villa (€148.8m), 24. Leicester (€137.2m), 25. Sunderland (€132.9m), 26. Swansea (€132.8m) 27. Stoke (€130.9m), 28. Crystal Palace (€130.8m), 29. West Brom (€126.6m), 30. Napoli (€125.5m).
The 2016 Deloitte Football Money League – detailing the 2014/15 season – measures a club’s earnings from matchday revenue, broadcast rights and commercial sources, and ranks them on that basis.