The 21st edition of Deloitte’s Football Money League has been published, analysing the comparative wealth of the world’s top football clubs and ranks them according to their financial performance.
The report found that broadcast revenue is now the largest individual revenue stream for the Money League clubs, making up 45 per cent of total income and that the 20 highest earning clubs in the world generated €7.9 billion of revenue in 2016/17, an increase of six per cent on the previous year.
Manchester United topped the league for the tenth time this year, retaining their position as the highest revenue-generating football club in the world.
Spain’s Real Madrid came in second, with 2016/17 revenue of €676 million, €1.7 million less than the English club.
The senior manager of the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, Tim Bridge, noted that this years money league “has a particularly English feel” and put that down to “the new broadcast deal and UEFA competition performance driving broadcast revenue growth of over half a billion pounds for those in the top 20.”
He added, “As the Premier League is currently in the middle of its rights tender for the next cycle from 2019/20, the results of this will be crucial to determining the long term composition of the Money League.”