Top 7 Richest Football Clubs

Normally, when someone asks you which is the “best” football club, we try to remember the ones with more victories over the history. However, when it comes to making money, not always the “best” is the “richest”. Hence and based on a study by consulting firm Deloitte, we will see the Top 7 richest football clubs World (based on 2009 results):

1. Real Madrid

Revenue 2009: EUR 401.4 million

In the field, Real Madrid did not have a brilliant 2008/09 season, losing the Spanish title against Barcelona and being eliminated at the beginning of the Champions League. But from a financial perspective, the club became the first football team worldwide to get an annual income of over 400 million euros. According to Deloitte, club revenues were boosted by improved television contract with Mediapro, which will guarantee to Real Madrid over 1 billion euros over seven seasons.

2. Barcelona

Revenue 2009: EUR 365.9 million

Play beautiful football pays dividends – literally. Lionel Messi and company had a resounding success in the 2008/2009 season, getting something so far unheard in Spanish football: winning during the same year La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League, which helped Barcelona climb up to second place on the list of the richest clubs in football, (one position up from previous year). This year, an “enhanced” television deal (unlike their British counterparts, Spanish clubs can negotiate individual TV contracts) did that 2009 revenue increased substantially, but not enough to topple its main rival on the top of the list …

3. Manchester United

Revenue 2009: EUR 327 million

Officially, the richest club in the UK. The large number of fans worldwide has helped raise 65 million euros more than the next English club in the list, Arsenal. According to Deloitte, The MU would had been the world’s richest club if the British pound kept the valuation of 2007. The weakness of the sterling pound also helped the club to come down one step in the classification compared to 2008 (from second to third).

4. Bayern Munich

Revenue 2009: EUR 289.5 million

Bayern Munich had, in 2009, a decrease in revenue of 2%, but managed to hold the fourth place in the world’s richest clubs, with a total income of 289.5 million euros. The Bavarians could not win the Bundesliga, but they managed to earn direct qualification to the Champions League, ensuring a considerable amount of revenue for the transmission of the games.

5. Arsenal

Revenue 2009: EUR 263 million

Arsenal returns to the “Top5” after one year’s absence, and is up one position, replacing London rivals of Chelsea, with an increase of 7% on their revenues.

6. Chelsea

Revenue 2009: EUR 242.3 million

Chelsea’s total revenues grew nearly 12%, mainly thanks to a 30% increase in earnings from television broadcasts. However, the team will have to return to the great triumphs quickly if it want to see its bank account increased.

7 .- Liverpool

Revenue 2009: EUR 217 million

Liverpool is the “poor brother” of the Big Four English Premier League Teams. Unfortunately, this year the club will be poorer, since it did not make the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Source: Deloitte


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