Spanish giants Real Madrid have been announced as the world’s richest club, while previous leaders Manchester United dropped to third place, according to the Deloitte Football Money League.
Los Blancos climbed two places to become the first club to break the €700 million (R10.9 billion) revenue barrier, replacing United at the top of the ranking.
Real’s €750.9 million (R11.7 billion) in revenue in 2017/18 is €60.5 million (R947 million) more than second-placed FC Barcelona’s – the second widest Money League gap in history – while Manchester United dropped to third place with a revenue of €666 million (R10.4 billion).
“Barcelona complete a first Spanish one-two since 2014/15, with revenue of €690.4 million (R10.8 billion),” states Deloitte’s Football Money League report.
“The gap between the top two has grown to the second widest in Money League history after being the narrowest ever in last year’s edition.”
Bayern Munich and Manchester City complete the top five, while Arsenal fell behind Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool – who experienced their largest revenue increase of €89.5 million (R1.4 billion) following their run to the UEFA Champions League final – and Chelsea.
Tottenham Hotspur broke into the top 10 for only the second time in Money League history, replacing Juventus to make it six English clubs in the top 10. No club outside of Europe’s top five leagues climbed into the Money League’s top 20.
Note: The Money League compares the clubs’ ability to generate revenue from matchday (including ticket and corporate hospitality sales), broadcast rights (including distributions from participation in domestic leagues, cups and European club competitions) and commercial sources (e.g. sponsorship, merchandising, stadium tours and other commercial operations), and rank them on that basis.
Source : soccer Laduma