Real Madrid Top Football’s Money League

Real Madrid grabbed the top spot as the world’s richest football club for a record 12thtime with revenue last season of £665 million.

Following their fortunes on the pitch this season, Manchester United slumped from the 2017 top spot to third place with revenue of £590 million.

Spanish teams took the top two placings, with Barcelona as runners up with revenue of £611 million.

Nationally, the English Premier League has nine teams in the top 20 Football Money League rankings for 2018.

Italy has four teams, the highest being Juventus (£349.8 million), Spain and Germany each had three, with the top German team Bayern Munich (£557.4 million) and France one –  Paris St Germain with revenue of £479.9 million.

Records shattered

The top 20 rankings had three newcomers – AS Roma, AC Milan and Newcastle United.

Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, comments: “European football remains a bull market, with annual revenue growth of almost £400 million in this year’s Football Money League. At the top, we have seen Real Madrid shatter records with the most revenue ever recorded and claim a record 12th Money League title in the process.

“Manchester United slip to third place in this year’s Money League after two years in top position, despite a return to the Champions League in 2017/18 and overall revenue growth of 2%. Further revenue growth is expected in 2018/19 and a continuation of recent on-pitch improvements will help in building a virtuous circle of football and commercial success.”

European Football’s Money League 2018


(Last  year)

Club Country 2017/18 Revenue (£m) 2016/17 Revenue (£m)
1 (2) Real Madrid Spain 665.2 579.7
2 (3) FC Barcelona Spain 611.6 557.1
3 (1) Manchester United England 590.0 581.2
4 (4) Bayern Munich Germany 557.4 505.1
5 (5) Manchester City England 503.5 453.5
6 (7) Paris Saint-Germain France 479.9 417.8
7 (9) Liverpool England 455.1 364.5
8 (8) Chelsea England 448.0 367.8
9 (6) Arsenal England 389.1 419.0
10 (11) Tottenham Hotspur England 379.4 308.9
11 (10) Juventus Italy 349.8 348.6
12 (12) Borussia Dortmund Germany 281.0 285.8
13 (13) Atlético de Madrid Spain 269.6 234.2
14 (15) Internazionale Italy 248.7 248.7
15 (n/a) AS Roma Italy 221.5 147.6
16 (16) Schalke 04 Germany 216.0 197.8
17 (20) Everton England 188.6 171.2
18 (n/a) AC Milan Italy 184.0 164.7
19 (n/a) Newcastle United England 178.5 85.7
20 (17) West Ham England 175.3 183.3

Source: Deloitte

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