Moneybags Madrid top soccer moneymakers table again, as top 20 clubs make $7bn

Real Madrid rated top of soccer’s Money League for the 11th straight year, while Bayern Munich dropped to their lowest position in eight years

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 January, 2016, 1:11pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 January, 2016, 1:11pm

Real Madrid are soccer’s biggest moneymakers for the 11th straight year, while Bayern Munich dropped to their lowest position in eight years.

Madrid’s revenue of 577 million euros (HK$4.9 billion) in 2014-15 kept them top of the Football Money League compiled by accountancy firm Deloitte.

“The planned redevelopment of the Santiago Bernabeu will help to continue the growth in matchday income in the coming years,” said Dan Jones, a partner in the Deloitte sports business division.

The revenue of the world’s top 20 clubs, which are all European and include nine from the English Premier League, grew 8 per cent year-to-year to 6.6 billion.

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European and Spanish champions Barcelona regained second place by generating 560.8 million, displacing Manchester United, who made £395.2 million pounds (HK$4.4 billion) while still struggling on the pitch in the post-Alex Ferguson era.

“Despite a reduction in revenue year-on-year, the fact that Manchester United remain in the top three of the Money League demonstrates the underlying strength of the club’s business model,” Deloitte senior manager Tim Bridge said.

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French champions Paris Saint-Germain climbed to fourth by generating 480.8 million, followed by Bayern on 474 million euros.