Date: 23rd January 2017 at 10:34pm
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The turn of a New Year means a new edition of Deloitte’s Football Money League and analysis of the season just gone.

For 2017 and the 20th edition of the study into finances in the modern game, Deloitte looked at figures from the 2015/16 season and compared them with the previous campaign to see what kind of growth differing clubs had based on their on and off pitch successes.

Coming eight months after the end of last season financial performance shows that an aggregate revenue for the world’s top 20 performing sides on a financial front saw a 12% rise when compared to 2014/15.

In short that was a rise to an aggregate revenue figure of £5.5billion – a new record – with three clubs breaking the 600million Euro mark for the first time.

For the past eleven years Real Madrid had dominated top spot with their revenue, but Manchester United regain their lead at the table (first time since 2003/04) this time out with a record revenue of £515.3million which reflected strong growth across the three revenue categories – matchday, broadcast and commercial – and clearly with eight English Premier League sides in the top 20 the improved television deal is playing a part in that.

Barcelona remain in second spot with a return of 620.2million Euros with Real Madrid slipping to third with 620.1million Euros. The top three spots repeating the very first edition of the Money League following the 1996/97 season. The top three clubs this edition also collectively generated over seven times the revenue when compared to the 1st edition.

Leicester City’s entirely unexpected Premier League crown in 2015/16 is also suitably reflected in the table as they come in for the first time in 20th place with a revenue return of £128.7million (172.1m Euros) and for Leicester in particular that sum is almost five times the amount they generated two years back in 2013/14.

Having referenced the television deal in England, Deloitte are of the belief that next time they crunch the numbers all 20 Premier League sides will feature in the top 30 list and with bottom place in the Premier League table now expecting to return revenue of around the £100million mark, the strength of the television deal in England continues to be a source of concern for Europe’s other top divisions and clubs.

That’s not to say of course it’s solely Premier League clubs showing consistent and strong growth in revenue terms.

With an overall average revenue figure of £5.5billion for the 20th edition, the 10th edition’s figure was 2.3billion whilst the 1st edition was simply £816million.

Other headline figures from the report show that Premier League commercial revenue grew by £71million, whilst German side Bayern Munich move up a spot and Manchester City feature in the top five of the list for the first time.

Speaking to the BBC partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, Dan Jones, explained about United’s return to top spot.

‘Manchester United have had to wait 11 years to regain their position as the world’s leading revenue-generating club and it has taken phenomenal commercial revenue growth to help them achieve this. In recent years, their ability to secure commercial partnerships with value in excess of that achievable by their peers has been the crucial factor in enabling the club to regain their place at the top of the money league. That said, they’ll face strong competition from Barcelona and Real Madrid to retain the top spot in next year’s edition, due to the lack of Champions League football, the weakening of the pound against the euro and, over the longer term, as other clubs enter the commercial market demanding similar deals, using United as the precedent.’

Rank
Team
2015/16 £m
2014/15 £m
+/-
1
Manchester United
515.3
395.2
+2
2
Barcelona
463.8
426.6
3
Real Madrid
463.8
439
-2
4
Bayern Munich
442.7
360.6
+1
5
Manchester City
392.6
352.6
+1
6
Paris Saint-Germain
389.6
365.8
-2
7
Arsenal
350.4
331.3
8
Chelsea
334.6
319.5
9
Liverpool
302
298.1
10
Juventus
255.1
246.4
11
Borussia Dortmund
212.3
213.5
12
Tottenham Hotspur
209.2
195.9
13
Atletico Madrid
171
134.4
+3
14
Schalke 04
167.9
167.1
-1
15
Roma
163.2
136.3
16
AC Milan
160.6
151.5
-2
17
Zenit St Petersburg
147
127.7
+1
18
West Ham United
143.8
122.4
n/a
19
Inter Milan
134
125.4
+1
20
Leicester City
172.1
128.7
n/a



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