Real Madrid grabbed the top spot as the world’s richest football club for a record 12thtime with revenue last season of £665 million.
Following their fortunes on the pitch this season, Manchester United slumped from the 2017 top spot to third place with revenue of £590 million.
Spanish teams took the top two placings, with Barcelona as runners up with revenue of £611 million.
Nationally, the English Premier League has nine teams in the top 20 Football Money League rankings for 2018.
Italy has four teams, the highest being Juventus (£349.8 million), Spain and Germany each had three, with the top German team Bayern Munich (£557.4 million) and France one – Paris St Germain with revenue of £479.9 million.
The top 20 rankings had three newcomers – AS Roma, AC Milan and Newcastle United.
Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, comments: “European football remains a bull market, with annual revenue growth of almost £400 million in this year’s Football Money League. At the top, we have seen Real Madrid shatter records with the most revenue ever recorded and claim a record 12th Money League title in the process.
“Manchester United slip to third place in this year’s Money League after two years in top position, despite a return to the Champions League in 2017/18 and overall revenue growth of 2%. Further revenue growth is expected in 2018/19 and a continuation of recent on-pitch improvements will help in building a virtuous circle of football and commercial success.”
European Football’s Money League 2018
|Club||Country||2017/18 Revenue (£m)||2016/17 Revenue (£m)|
|1 (2)||Real Madrid||Spain||665.2||579.7|
|2 (3)||FC Barcelona||Spain||611.6||557.1|
|3 (1)||Manchester United||England||590.0||581.2|
|4 (4)||Bayern Munich||Germany||557.4||505.1|
|5 (5)||Manchester City||England||503.5||453.5|
|6 (7)||Paris Saint-Germain||France||479.9||417.8|
|10 (11)||Tottenham Hotspur||England||379.4||308.9|
|12 (12)||Borussia Dortmund||Germany||281.0||285.8|
|13 (13)||Atlético de Madrid||Spain||269.6||234.2|
|15 (n/a)||AS Roma||Italy||221.5||147.6|
|16 (16)||Schalke 04||Germany||216.0||197.8|
|18 (n/a)||AC Milan||Italy||184.0||164.7|
|19 (n/a)||Newcastle United||England||178.5||85.7|
|20 (17)||West Ham||England||175.3||183.3|