Manchester United, have retained their top spot as football’s richest club.
Despite not being involved in the Champions League last season, the Old Trafford giants confirmed their financial dominance, earning £581m last season – just £1.5m ahead of Real Madrid – to top the list for the second season running.
Their Europa League victory ensured that Jose Mourinho’s side pocketed £44m. And that made the difference that kept them top on the log.
It is the 21st time accountancy firm Deloitte have complied Football Money League.
The figures are the first to include the current record Premier League broadcasting rights deal, which generated £3.8bn for domestic clubs.
Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “European football continues to flourish financially, with almost half a billion euros of revenue growth for the top 20 Money League clubs.
“At the top, we’ve seen the closest ever battle for the top spot, with Manchester United pipping Real Madrid to retain their title of the highest revenue generating club in the world.
“United’s ability to retain first position is all the more impressive against the backdrop of the weakened pound against the euro, and with both Real Madrid and Barcelona forecasting further revenue growth in 2017/18, the battle at the top will likely come down to on-pitch performance again next year.
“With all three clubs through to the Round of 16 of the Champions League, it may be as simple as the club that goes furthest in the competition will have the best chance of topping the Money League next year.”
Tim Bridge, senior manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “The Deloitte Football Money League has a particularly English feel this year and with the new broadcast deal and UEFA competition performance driving broadcast revenue growth of over half a billion pounds for those in the top 20, it doesn’t come as a surprise.
“The Money League remains the most effective and respected method of comparing the financial performance of football clubs and over the coming years it will be interesting to see how its composition might change. With the added element of changes to the qualification structure for the Champions League, it is likely that we’ll see some re-ordering of the clubs in years to come.”
Here are the top 20
Position (last year)
1 (1) Man United
2 (3) Real Madrid
3 (2) Barcelona
4 (4) Bayern Munich
5 (5) Manchester City
6 (7) Arsenal
7 (6) Paris Saint-Germ
8 (8) Chelsea
9 (9) Liverpool
10 (10) Juventus
11 (12) Tottenham
12 (11) Borussia Dortmun
13 (13) Atlético Madrid
14 (20) Leicester
15 (19) Inter Milan
16 (14) Schalke 04
17 (18) West Ham
18 (–) Southampton
19 (–) Napoli
20 (–) Everton