Manchester United have topped the table of the world’s 20 richest football clubs for the second year in a row, and 10th time overall, says Deloitte, BBC reports.
Its Football Money League, based on season 2016-17, also shows the combined revenues of the 20 clubs has risen six per cent to €7.9bn (£6.97bn), a new record.
Real Madrid, who held top spot for 11 years, were second and Barcelona third.
There were a record 10 Premier League clubs in the top 20. The number in the top 30 was up from 12 to 14.
The list only looks at revenues accrued and does not take into account club debts.
This year’s battle for first place was the closest yet, with just €1.7m separating United and Real.
United’s €676m revenues were boosted by €44.5m from UEFA after winning the Europa League against Ajax.
Deloitte said this sum was “the critical factor in keeping them ahead of Real and Barcelona”.
Bayern Munich and Man City completed the top five, retaining their positions from last year.
Arsenal, PSG, Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus occupied places six to 10. Tottenham were in 11th spot, Leicester City 14th, West Ham 17th, Southampton 18th and Everton 20th.
All the 20 clubs represented are from the “big five” European leagues, with Italy, Germany and Spain contributing three clubs each and France one.
“Next year, we expect the €8bn (revenue) barrier will be broken, but revenue growth is not expected to be as significant as seen in 2016-17,” said Dan Jones, partner in Deloitte’s Sport Business Group.
“Germany’s new domestic broadcast deal commences and will increase revenue, but Premier League and La Liga distributions will remain relatively stable, as both enter the second year of existing TV deals.
“Looking further ahead, the long term composition of the Money League is an intriguing topic. English clubs’ dominance will depend heavily on the outcome of the Premier League’s ongoing tender for the next three years TV deal starting from 2019-20.”
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