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Deloitte Football Money League 2018

Rising Stars

Welcome to the 21st edition of the Deloitte Football Money League in which we profile the highest revenue generating clubs in world football.

Published just eight months after the end of the 2016/17 season, the Money League is the most contemporary and reliable independent analysis of the clubs’ relative financial performance.

Aggregate revenue for the top 20 Money League clubs rose 6% to €7.9 billion (£6.8 billion) in 2016/17, a new record, with the top three clubs – Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid – earning a combined revenue of €2 billion for the first time.

Manchester United pip Real Madrid to remain top of the Money League

Manchester United retained top spot for a second consecutive year, generating total revenue of €676m (£581m). This year’s battle for first place was the closest in Money League history, just €1.7m (£1.5m) separated Manchester United and second place Real Madrid: United’s win in the Europa League Final proving critical in the club topping our list for a tenth time. Real Madrid moved back above FC Barcelona into second place thanks to strong commercial growth in 2016/17 and a title winning season in both domestic and European competitions, with Bayern Munich and Manchester City making up the remainder of the Money League top five.

A place in the top 20 now requires revenue of approximately €200m, a 16% increase on last year and double the amount required in the 2010 edition of the Money League.

S.L. Benfica cling on to a top 30 place

In Portugal, S.L. Benfica cling on to a top 30 place this year having claimed a fourth consecutive domestic title. The Portuguese club generating total revenue of €157.6m. Exit at the Group stage of this year’s Champions League does however make retaining a top 30 position unlikely in next year’s edition.

2018 Infographic

View and download some of the key findings in our 2018 Deloitte Football Money League infographic.

2018 slideshare report

Read and share the highlights from the report via our Deloitte Football Money League 2018 Slideshare presentation:

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