THE DELOITTE Football Money League has become an annual tradition in the world of soccer, allowing fans, players and media alike an insight into the financial aspect of the game. It ranks clubs across the globe on their earnings from various sources such as broadcast rights, sponsorship deals and ticket sales.
As per the latest report, Real Madrid are on top of the table for the 11th consecutive year, bringing an astounding 577 million euros during the 2014-15 season. Despite having a disappointing season on the pitch, the club generated an extra 44.9 million euros in revenue from the season before. The biggest talking point to come out of the recent announcement, though, has to be the fact that an impressive nine Premier League clubs are in the top 20, while 17 are in the top 30. Even though English teams have struggled in continental competition over the past couple of seasons, their league has become the most marketable and watched on the entire planet.
Here’s a list of the top 10 richest clubs, as per the 19th edition of the Deloitte Football Money League…
Real Madrid (577 m euros)
The 2014-15 season saw Real Madrid continue its reign at the top of the Money League for an 11th consecutive season, with a revenue of 577 m euros, once again confirming the club’s status as the world’s leading revenue-generating football club. The club’s high on-pitch standards continue to be complemented by its strong financial performance, with revenue growth of 27.5 m euros (5%) in 2014-15 due to increases of 9.1 m euros (8%) and 22.7 m euros (10%) in match-day and commercial revenue, respectively.
FC Barcelona (560.8 m euros)
FC Barcelona’s revenue rose 76 m euros (16%) to 560.8 m euros, with growth across all revenue streams and the club’s largest-ever year-on-year revenue increase, resulting in a return to second place in the Money League. Financial success follows an outstanding revival of the Catalans’ fortunes on the pitch in 2014-15, as Luis Enrique’s first season as in-charge created history.
Manchester United (519.5 m euros)
Manchester United slip one place to third in this year’s Money League, as the absence of European football resulted in double-digit percentage decreases in both match-day and broadcasting revenues. Although total revenue fell by 38 m pounds (9%), a combination of a favourable exchange rate movement and the underlying strength of the club’s business model, in particular its commercial operations, ensures the club remains in the Money League top three. Commercial revenue grew by 7.8 m pounds (4%) to reach 200.8 m pounds, representing over half of total revenue.
Paris Saint-Germain (480.8 m euros)
Paris Saint-Germain has climbed one place to fourth in the Money League, its highest-ever position and the highest-ever for a French club, following a 9.5 m euro increase in revenue in 2014-15. The season saw spectacular domestic success for the club in which it became the first-ever team to complete the French domestic treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. In the UEFA Champions League, Les Parisiens also reached the quarter-final stage for the third consecutive season, losing to eventual winners Barcelona.
Bayern Munich (474 m euros)
Bayern’s domestic dominance continued in 2014-15, maintaining its position as the highest-ranked German Money League club and winning the Bundesliga for a third consecutive season. It was a case of so near yet so far in Europe, with the German champions losing to the eventual winners for the second year in a row at the semi-final stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester City (463.5 m euros)
Despite modest revenue growth compared with previous years, Manchester City maintain sixth position in the Money League, achieving a record revenue of 463.5 m euros (352.6 m pounds) and become the second English club ever to break the 350-m-pound revenue barrier. On the pitch, Manuel Pellegrini’s second season as manager was relatively disappointing, as City relinquished the Premier League title and the League Cup. A run in the UEFA Champions League was also cut short by Barcelona in Round of 16 for the second successive season.
Arsenal (435.5 m euros)
After consecutive years in the eighth place, a 10% (30.8 m pounds) increase in revenue in 2014-15 has helped Arsenal to leapfrog local rivals Chelsea into the seventh place. The vast majority (85%) of this revenue growth is extra-commercial revenue, which rose by 26.2 m pounds (34%), the second-highest commercial revenue growth of all Money League clubs, in 2014-15.
Chelsea (420 m euros)
The 2014-15 season was a successful one for Chelsea on the pitch, as the team won the league title with three games to spare, as well as securing the League Cup. Total revenue, however, marginally fell in 2014-15 from 324.4 m pounds to 319.5 m pounds (2%), resulting in a demotion of one place to eighth in the Money League.
Liverpool (391.8 m euros)
Liverpool maintains the ninth position in this year’s Money League, following a 17% (42.3 m pounds) overall increase in revenue after a return to the UEFA Champions League and healthy increases in match-day revenue.
Juventus (323.9 m euros)
The Old Lady’s renaissance continues, with Juventus achieving revenue growth of 44.9 m euros (16%) to 323.9 m euros, breaking 300 m euros for the first time and retaining the 10th place in the Money League. On the pitch, the Bianconeri monopolised Serie A with a fourth consecutive Scudetto and became the first Italian team to win the Coppa Italia 10 times. Significantly, Juventus also returned to the UEFA Champions League Final for the first time in 12 seasons, albeit the wait for a first title since 1995-96 was extended following defeat by Barcelona.