World's richest football clubs: Barcelona beats Real Madrid to top spot; Tottenham Hotspur richest in London
World's richest football clubs: La Liga giants Barcelona have replaced arch-rivals Real Madrid to emerge as the richest football club in the world.
World's richest football clubs: La Liga giants Barcelona have replaced arch-rivals Real Madrid to emerge as the richest football club in the world. The Spanish champions saw revenue soar to €840.8m (£741.1m) last year, a record figure for any team, according Deloitte’s Football Money League. Real Madrid occupied the second spot with €757.2m revenue, 10 per cent less than rivals Barcelona.
The recent rise of Barcelona on the list can be attributed to the fact that the club won the Spanish title for an eighth time in 11 years and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. It also saw an increase of €150m in off-field activity. This was due to club's decision to bring merchandising and licensing operations in-house instead of farming them out to third parties.
Manchester United is the highest placed English club in the list at the third spot while Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as the richest club in London, beating Chelsea and Arsenal, the latter failing to find a place in top 10 list. Spurs rise was because of revenue growth due to a run to the Champions League final and their move to the new stadium.
World's richest football clubs: Top 10 list
Real Madrid: €757.2m
Manchester United: €711.5m
Bayern Munich: €660.1m
Paris Saint-Germain: €635.9m
Manchester City: €610.6m
The German, Italian and French league had just one club making it to top 10 - Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. Premier League continues to dominate the list with five clubs making it to top 5 and eight to top 20.