Manchester United has emerged atop the Deloitte Money League for the tenth time, in a year that sees a record of ten English clubs in the top 20.
Securing the UEFA Europa League title in Stockholm has been the clinching factor in Manchester United retaining top spot in the Deloitte. ManU with an annual growth of 13% has registered £ 581.2 million in revenues during the 2016-17 to edge past Real Madrid (£579.7) to the second position. The Spanish La Liga club fell marginally behind the United in spite of a 25% growth in its revenues over the previous year.
The top 20 clubs in the report – Rising Stars, FOOTBALL MONEY LEAGUE, January 2018 – released by Sports Business Group happen to be from English leagues. Leicester City with an annual growth of 81% to reach £ 233 million (£128.7m in 2016-17) has registered the best growth for the study period for the report.
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.
The increase in the number of English clubs is attributed to the start of the Premier League’s record three-year broadcast arrangements as well as the significant growth in revenue of its biggest clubs.
Deloitte for the purpose of the report in principle has used the figure for total revenue extracted from the annual financial statements of the company or group in respect of each club, or other direct sources, for the 2016-17 season. Revenue excludes player transfer fees, VAT, and other sales related taxes. In a few cases adjustments are made to total revenue figures to enable a more meaningful comparison of the football business on a club by club basis, states the report.
Key performance indicators shown for a majority of the Deloitte Money League club relate to the football season ending in 2017. UEFA Champions League and Europa League performances shown include participation from the final play-off round only. ‘Shirt sponsor’ and ‘Technical kit supplier’, the report states, refer to the club’s first team home kit for the season ending in 2017.
Figures in respect of Twitter, Weibo, Facebook, and Instagram are as at 8 January 2018. For a club with multiple language accounts, only the most liked/followed account has been included.
The 56-page report has minutely dealt with each of the top 20 clubs revenues over the past five seasons (2013-2017) and the income patter from the sources – the match day, commercial and broadcast revenues.
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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.