Real Madrid is world’s richest club once again

Spanish League giants, Real Madrid, have for the ninth consecutive year retained their status as the richest club in the world.

According to financial services company, Deloitte, the Los Blancos’ earnings was put at £444.7 million, despite picking up no trophies last season.

Forty-one per cent of that revenue came from commercial deals, with the Spanish TV rights deal gifting them €140 million.

Real’s La Liga rivals, Barcelona, are placed second.The Catalonia giants made £413 million last season, a figure that was subsequently strengthened by the €96 million sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways that was announced in August.

They also earned more than Manchester United in the past nine seasons, due in part to the fact that they and Real Madrid negotiate their own TV rights deals in Spain.

According to CNN, the two clubs make 50 per cent of the TV revenue between them, splitting the other 50 per cent between the rest of the league.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s top-three spot has been usurped by Bayern Munich.

Despite operating in a league where TV rights are lower and ticket prices are considerably cheaper, Bayern pulled in £363.2 million in their treble-winning campaign.

This is their highest rich list placing in 11 years – and they show no signs of slowing down.

Manchester United’s on-field success and strong domestic and global support led to revenue of £363.2 million last season, a rise of around £35 million year-on-year.

However, the Red Devils are losing pace in the financial stakes as well as on the field: The Guardian report that this is the first time they have slipped out of the Deloitte top three since 1997.

Paris Saint-Germain were nowhere near the rich list top 20 last year, but their first Ligue 1 win in 19 years, a decent Champions League run and a series of lucrative sponsorship deals have put them among the elite. The Parisians made £348.1 million last year.

A large bulk of this revenue came from their controversial €200 million sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourism Authority, giving them the highest commercial revenue in football (£218.3 million).
The deal will certainly help them meet Financial Fair Play requirements, given that their budget last year was €430 million.

Other clubs that made the top 10 richest club are Chelsea, Arsenal, Juventus and Milan.

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