Breaking down the rich-list: Real Madrid on top, but Premier League dominates


On Wednesday accountancy firm Deloitte released the list of soccer’s biggest moneymakers and there were a few surprises and themes throughout the rich-list.

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Real Madrid, no surprise here, created the most revenue in 2013-14 as the Spanish giants have now topped the list for the last 10 years. Manchester United climbing to second from fourth was a bit of a shock, as no UEFA Champions League soccer this season hasn’t hit their revenue streams at all. Bayern Munich were in third, while Barcelona slipped to fourth and Paris Saint-Germain rounded out the top five.

Analysts expect United to climb above Real Madrid by 2017 as the world’s richest club, as new sponsorship deals kick in plus increased TV revenue will have a huge impact on the finances of the Old Trafford club. In fact every PL club posted record revenue levels.

Eight of the top 20 are PL clubs, with 14 teams from England’s top-flight in the top 30 and all 20 PL teams in the top 40. Manchester City were the big climbers in terms of revenue generated in the top 10, as the Citizens increased their revenue by almost $114 million over the past year as they sit in sixth place overall.

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City’s strong commercial success off the field, plus balancing the books in terms of player wages, is said to be key to their surge in revenue. While their expansion of the Etihad Stadium will almost certainly see their revenue levels increase for 2014-15. In the top 10 there are five PL teams in total with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool leading the way, while Tottenham Hotspur are up one spot to 13th.

The likes of Newcastle and Everton appear in the top 20 of Deloitte’s list for the first time, while West Ham United (21), Aston Villa (22) and Southampton (25) also feature in the top 25.  Below is a full list of the top 20 richest teams in the world, in terms of revenue, as the next round of TV deals is expected to see the Premier League tighten it’s grip on the top 20 further with teams in Italy and Spain struggling to cope with the financial power of England’s top teams.

Top 20 clubs in terms of revenue in 2013-14, with last season’s revenue, position in parenthesis (figures are in millions of Euros)

1 (1), Real Madrid, 549.5 (518.9).

2 (4), Manchester United, 518.0 (423.8).

3 (3), Bayern Munich, 487.5 (431.2).

4 (2), Barcelona, 484.6 (482.6).

5 (5), Paris Saint-Germain, 474.2 (398.8).

6 (6), Manchester City, 414.4 (316.2).

7 (7), Chelsea, 387.9 (303.4).

8 (8), Arsenal, 359.3 (284.3).

9 (12), Liverpool, 305.9 (240.6).

10 (9), Juventus, 279.4 (272.4).

11 (11), Borussia Dortmund, 261.5 (256.2).

12 (10), AC Milan, 249.7 (263.5).

13 (14), Tottenham, 215.8 (172.0).

14 (13), Schalke, 213.9 (198.2).

15 (20), Atletico Madrid, 169.9 (120.0).

16 (new), Napoli, 164.8 (116.4).

17 (15), Inter Milan, 164.0 (164.5)

18 (16), Galatasaray, 161.9 (157.0).

19 (new), Newcastle, 155.1 (111.9).

20 (new), Everton, 144.1 (100.8).