Real Madrid topped Deloitte’s money league for the 11th successive year with $577m. The combined revenue of the top 20 teams rose by 8% – $7.16bn – from 2013/4 season.
“There are a number of metrics, both financial and non-financial, that can be used to compare clubs including attendance, worldwide fan base, broadcast audience and on-pitch success. In the money league we focus on clubs’ ability to generate revenue from matchday (including ticket and corporate hospitality sales), broadcast rights (including distributions from participation in domestic leagues, cups and European club competitions) and commercial sources (including sponsorship, merchandising, stadium tours and other commercial operations), and rank them on that basis.” Deloitte Football Money League 2016
Barcelona’s achievements in the 2014-15 season have translated to financial success. The European champions have jumped ahead of Manchester Utd, with revenue of $560.8 as compared to $519.5.
However Deloittee predict that Manchester Utd will be making a big push for the top spot next year for the following reasons:
- £75m kit deal with Adidas
- £47 million-per-year shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet
- £5.1bn television deal starting in 2016-17 season
The wealth of the English Premier League, mainly due to TV rights, means that 17 of the wealthiest 30 clubs are from the EPL. West Ham Utd sneak in at 20th place but Deloitte noted the success of English clubs was due to two reasons:
- the relative equality of distribution rights in the English Premier League
- the performance of the pound against the euro.
Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich who dominate their domestic tournaments are 4th and 5th respectively but to find an Italian club you have to go down to 10th place with Juventus the Serie A winners last season. AC Milan a regular in the top 10 have now dropped down to 14th place.