Manchester United remain the world’s richest club for a second consecutive year in the Deloitte Football Money League 2018. United retain the status for a second consecutive year, pipping Spanish giants Real Madrid to top spot. It’s the Reds’ record-breaking 10th time to be named at the top since the analysis began in 1998.
United generated a revenue of £581 million, narrowly beating Real Madrid by just under £2 million. The clinching revenue that took top spot was last year’s Europa League triumph according to Deloitte. Based on the 2016/17 season, the report is the most comprehensive analysis of clubs’ relative financial performance. It takes into account all types of revenue from one season.
Aggregate revenue for the top-20 clubs increased by 6% to £6.8 billion from the previous year, with the top three of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona’s revenues all combining to a revenue of £2 billion for the first time ever.
The Premier League continues to dominate the financial incomes of world football, with ten teams in the top-20. Manchester City are the second richest Premier League club with a revenue of £453.5 million, and Southampton also make the list at number 18 with a revenue of £182.3 million. TV broadcasting deals is a large portion of what the Premier League teams make and that is the reasoning for such a large majority in the top-20.
However, it is Manchester United’s commercial ventures that have earned them such a high amount of revenue, pulling in a staggering 48% (£279.5 million) of their total revenue. 33% (£225.9 million) is broadcast and 19% (£107.6 million) is matchday sales.