Friday, January 24, 2014

The World’s Richest Football Clubs

Deloitte Football Money League has unveiled its annual money list. They have profiled the top earning football clubs in 2013.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are football’s biggest moneymakers for the fifth straight year, while Manchester United lost its place among the top three biggest-earning clubs for the first time. Despite dropping down the list Manchester United increased their revenue by 13%.

Despite tough economic conditions, particularly within Spain, Real and Barca's ability to generate substantial commercial revenue both domestically and internationally is central to their success.
Both Spanish clubs enjoy substantial revenue from individually negotiated broadcast deals, which is key in contributing to their overall revenue advantage over their European peers.

United, who are enduring a lackluster season under new manager David Moyes, dropped to fourth behind European champions Bayern Munich in the Football Money League compiled by accountancy firm Deloitte.

It is the first time Manchester United have dropped out of the top three but Bayern Munich had an exceptional year. Next year United will have the Chevrolet (shirt sponsorship) deal plus other new commercial deals in their figures, and the new Premier League TV deal so they will be confident they will be back in the top three in twelve months time.
Beyond 2013/14, consistent qualification for the Champions League is key in Manchester United challenging to regain top spot in the Money League, a position it last held in 2003/04.

Two Gulf-owned football clubs rank among the richest in the world, according to Deloitte’s annual money list.

Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain made the biggest growth in 2012-13, shooting up from 10th to 5th.
The club’s global profile was enhanced by David Beckham’s four-month spell in the France championship-winning team.
The largest part of PSG’s income last season came from commercial deals that yielded €255 million. Its sponsors include airline Emirates, kit supplier Nike and the Qatar Tourism Authority.

Manchester City, owned by Abu Dhabi’s Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, moved one place up the rankings to sixth place, aided by their sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways.

Two English Premier League rivals are directly below Manchester City on the list, with Chelsea in seventh, who saw a small decline in revenues to £260 million pounds and Arsenal in eighth whose turnover rose 4% to £243.6 million pounds.

The Top 20 Deloitte Football Money League 2013:  

1st: Real Madrid 

Madrid stayed top for the ninth straight year after revenue rose slightly to £444.7 million pounds ($703 million/€518.9 million). Regardless of their trophyless 2012/2013 season, they have managed to maintain their top spot. Profitable stars like Cristiano Ronaldo – recently crowned the world’s best player is also a factor for retaining their top spot.

2nd: Barcelona

Barcelona had revenues of £413.6 million pounds ($654 million/€482.6m), $49 million behind Real. They also raked in huge sums commercially thanks to profitable players like Lionel Messi.

3rd: Bayern Munich

Bayern’s income leapt 17 per cent to £369.6 million pounds ($584 million/€431.2m), as the German club won the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup.

4th: Manchester United

United were overtaken by Bayer despite revenue growing to £363.2 million pounds ($574 million/€423.8m), thanks partly to their English Premier League title-winning success.

5th: Paris Saint-Germain

Income at PSG soared by 180 per cent to £341.8 million pounds ($540 million/€398.8m) as it won the French league for the first time in 19 years.

6th: Manchester City

The blue side of Manchester saw turnover rise by 17 per cent to £271 million pounds ($449 million/€316.2m), despite the team failing to win a trophy last season. They overhauled Arsenal and Chelsea to become the second richest English Premier League club on the list.

7th: Chelsea

Chelsea's turnover dropped slightly to £260 million pounds ($431 million/€303.4m). This saw the London club drop two places on the money list to seventh place.

8th: Arsenal

Arsenal’s turnover rose to £243.6 million pounds ($404 million/€284.3m), despite failing to win a trophy yet again last season! The purchase of German player, Mesut Ozil at a cost of $70 million resulted in a small drop in revenue.

9th: Juventus

The Turin based club saw a huge rise in total revenue to £233.5 million pounds ($369 million/€272.4m). Their move to a new stadium in 2011 helped boost revenue and they made the most money from the European Champions League in 2013 despite only reaching the quarter-finals.

10th: AC Milan

AC Milan dropped two places to tenth in Deloitte’s list after a modest rise in revenue saw them record £225.8 million pounds ($357 million/€263.5m) in total.

11th: Borussia Dortmund £219.6m/€256.2m
12th: Liverpool £206.2m/€240.6m
13th: Schalke 04 £169.9m/€198.2m
14th: Tottenham Hotspur £147.4m/€172m
15th: Inter Milan £144.6m/€168.8m
16th: Galatasaray £134.6m/€157m
17th: Hamburg SV £116m/€135.4m
18th: Fenerbahçe £108.3m/€126.4m
19th: AS Roma £106.6m/€124.4m
20th: Atlético de Madrid £102.8m/€120m

Liverpool dropped out of the top ten for the first time since 1999/2000.
Liverpool are five-time European champions but haven't qualified for the continent's most lucrative club competition since 2009. The encouraging sign for Liverpool is that even without European football they saw revenue grow by 9% and might shoot up the list next season thanks to a record TV deal for English clubs.

Turkish clubs Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe force their way into the rich list, making it the first time since 2005/06 that two clubs outside the recognized big five league in Europe -- Spain, Italy, Germany, England and France -- have appeared in the top 20.

Galatasaray are the biggest club in Turkey, and boast the biggest name manager in Roberto Mancini, the biggest name players in former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba, ex-Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder and the biggest star in Turkish football in Burak Yilmaz.

Fenerbahçe boast the likes of former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles, fellow former Anfield star Dirk Kuyt and Senegal striker Moussa Sow.
The Istanbul outfit continue to reach UEFA Champions League qualification, and although they have fallen at the play-off stage in each of the last two seasons, the foundations are there to go one better next year.

Those factors all combined make them the highest earning Turkish club on this list. As well as the two Turkish teams, Brazilian club Corinthians also made it into the top 30.

The total combined revenue for the top 20 clubs is up 8% to a staggering €5.4 Billion Euros.

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