Manchester United has reported a 17% revenue growth for the 2017 first quarter. The Premier League club also remains the richest football club in the world with a gross value of $681.02 million. The club, as per evaluations by Deloitte, has this year become the first football club ever to surpass £500 million ($660.80 million) turnover. The next positions are held by Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The clubs incidentally have registered a similar turnover of $612.96 million.
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- Juventus– $337.14 million.
Italy’s biggest club was helped by a continued sponsorship deal with Jeep. Outside of their domestic success and consistent quality performance in Europe, the Turin side’s revenue has been given a great boost by their deal with Jeep and the sale of over 1.5 million jerseys last year.
- Liverpool — $339.12 million.
Despite a prolonged absence from the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp’s side has held onto ninth place for the third consecutive year. The Merseyside outfit can expect an increase in revenue next season as their Anfield stadium will return to full capacity following renovations.
- Chelsea — $442.21 million.
Chelsea’s Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, is one of the wealthiest men in Russia — worth an estimated £5.8 billion. His vast riches have inevitably trickled down and Chelsea is rarely out of the top 5 in Deloitte’s rankings. As their Stamford Bridge stadium goes under expansion works this year, perhaps next year will see the Blues return to the top 5.
- Arsenal — $463.09 million.
Match day revenues keep Arsenal in the top 10 and no wonder, a season ticket to watch Wenger’s side is the most expensive in Britain at £1014.
- Paris St-Germain — $514.90 million.
This is the first time France’s wealthiest outfit have dropped out of the rich list’s top five since being famously bought by Qatar Sports Investments for €120 million in 2011. Superstar striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was sold to Manchester United last year, they’ve dropped two places in Deloitte’s rankings since.
- Manchester City — $518.86 million.
This is the first time Manchester City have infiltrated the Money League top 5. Abu Dhabi-owned City had their best ever Champions League run last season after they lost out to eventual winners, Real Madrid, in the semi-finals. The hiring of Pep Guardiola is expected to bring more success to the side in the near future.
- Bayern Munich — $585.07 million.
Bayern charted a stupendous 25% increase in income over the last season after they won their 25th Bundesliga title and DFB-Pokal Final. Domestic success this season coupled with a run to the Champions League semi-final should see the German giants stay in the list’s top five.
- Real Madrid — $612.96 million.
Winning the Champions League and a steady annual revenue gain of 7% wasn’t enough to keep Los Blancos on top for the 12th year running. Could a 12th European triumph this season send Zidane’s side back to the top?
- Barcelona — $612.96 million.
Barcelona topped their mortal enemies, at last, this year, perhaps thanks to the unlikely contributions of Bruce Springsteen. ‘The Boss’ used the Catalonian Nou Camp to host two shows of ‘The River Tour’, earning the club nearly €8 million. They nicked the second spot from Real on the finest of margins.
Even as Barca have netter same revenues of $612.96 as fellow La Liga club Real Madrid, they gain an edge in the top ten table for being a dash better when revenues are calculated in euros.
- Manchester United — $681.02 million.
The ‘Red Devils’ have never been far from the top three — briefly toppling out during their 2012-13 season under David Moyes — but this is the first time they’ve hit the top spot in over a decade. The club benefited financially from huge sponsorship deals with Chevrolet and Adidas and a return to the Champions League.