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Manchester United top the world club rich list

First trophy of the season! Cha-Ching!

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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.


  1. Manchester United
  2. Real Madrid
  3. Barcelona FC
  4. Bayern Munich
  5. Manchester City
  6. Arsenal
  7. Paris St. Germain
  8. Chelsea
  9. Liverpool
  10. Juventus
  11. Tottenham Hotspur
  12. Borussia Dortmund
  13. Athletico Madrid
  14. Leicester City
  15. Internazionale
  16. Schalke 04
  17. West Ham United
  18. Southampton
  19. Napoli
  20. Everton