Revealed – The World’s 20 Richest Soccer Clubs

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Written By Mostafa Moradi

Manchester United snatched the top spot as the world’s richest soccer club from Real Madrid last season.

United last topped the soccer wealth table more than a decade ago – and the first study in 1996 with earnings of £88 million.

The Old Trafford club earned 689 million euros from match days, broadcast rights and commercial activity boosted by regaining a place in the Champions League.

Spanish giants Barcelona (620m euros) and Real Madrid (577m euros) took second and third spots.

Newcomers were West Ham United (192.3m euros) at 18th and English Premier League champions Leicester City (172.1m euros) at 20th.

The top 20 teams at the summit of world football earnings had a total income of a record 7.4 billion euros – 12% up on the previous season.

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The money is split as 49% from broadcast rights, 42% from commercial revenue and 9% from matchday cash from supporters.

Only teams from Europe’s major leagues in England, Spain, France, Italy and Germany feature.

Turkish teams Fenerbache (157.7m euros) and Galatasaray (155.9m euros) are the only sides from outside the big five nations to feature in the top 30 richest clubs – at 25th and 26th places.

“There are several metrics, both financial and non-financial, that can be used to compare clubs, including attendance, worldwide fan base, broadcast audience and on-pitch success,” said a Deloitte spokesman.

“In the Money League we focus on clubs’ ability to generate revenue from matchday (including ticket and corporate hospitality sales), broadcast rights, which include distributions from participation in domestic leagues, cups and European club competitions and commercial sources like sponsorship, merchandising, stadium tours and other commercial operations, and rank them on that basis.”

World’s Top 20 Richest Soccer Teams 2016

RankTeamEarnings (Millions of euros)
1Manchester United689
3Real Madrid620.1
4Bayern Munich592
5Manchester City524.9
6Paris St Germaine520.9
11Borussia Dortmund283.9
12Tottenham Hotspur279.7
13Atletico Madrid228.6
14Schalke 04224.5
15As Roma218.2
16AC Milan214.7
17Zenit St Petersbourg196.5
18West Ham Utd192.3
19Inter Milan179.2
20Leicester City172.1


Source: Deloitte