Half of the top ten table for the highest earning football clubs around the world compete in the Premier League.

The top clubs in international football are some of the richest sporting teams in the world, with nearly half of the premier League sides reaching the top 20.

Tim Bridge, senior manager at Deloitte, said:

“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.

“The return to Champions League football as well as the commencement of a number of significant commercial partnerships will only strengthen the business in 2015/16.”

Spanish Clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona are the top two sides in terms of earnings, followed by Manchester United, which fell one place from last year with earnings of €519.5m (£399m), but the Reds are expected to jump the rankings again next year.

The eight other Premier League clubs in the top 20 are: Manchester City (6); Arsenal (7); Chelsea (8); Liverpool (9); Tottenham (12); Newcastle (17); Everton (18) and West Ham (20).

Three Premier League teams reached the top 30 for the first time this year, Leicester City (24), Crystal Palace (28) and West Bromwich Albion (29), and with Leicester’s continued success at the top of the table, many expect them to break the top 20 next season.

A large part of club revenues come from television broadcast rights, with each competition offering the possibility of millions in revenues for many of the clubs taking part.

The Premier League divides on a 50:25:25 basis: 50% split equally between the 20 clubs, 25% awarded on league final table positions, and 25% distributed as a facilities fee for televised matches.

As last year’s league winners, Chelsea received a total of £99m from the Premier League made of of £54.1m for their equal league share, £19.1m facility fees, and £24.9m merit payment. By comparison, mid-table Crystal Palace received £77.3m, with a £54.1m equal league share, £9.5m facility fees, and £13.7m merit payment for 10th place.

Meanwhile, an FA Cup victory could net a club around £4m, and the club that wins the Champions League this year could earn a maximum of €56.5m (£42.5m).

Other revenue sources include match tickets, where price rises have recently outstripped the cost of living and proved very unpopular with fans, merchandise sales, and shirt sponsorship.

As a fan-owned club, Spain’s FC Barcelona was unique out of the top flight teams by not having a shirt sponsor for a long period, but in 2010 the club agreed a €150m shirt sponsor deal with Qatar Foundation. Other clubs are variously sponsored by car manufacturers (Manchester United – Chevrolet), airlines, (Arsenal – Fly Emirates, Manchester City – Etihad), insurance companies, and gambling companies. Gibraltar-based Mansion-group, which owns Casino.com, is unique in that this year it sponsors two Premier League teams – Crystal Palace FC, and AFC Bournemouth.

The continued dominance of the overall earnings by English clubs is a positive sign for the future of UK football, with the funds offering clubs the ability to both invest in top talent from overseas but also develop their youth academies and improve homegrown talent.

Top 10 richest football clubs in the world

  1. Real Madrid (€577m)
  2. FC Barcelona (€560.8m)
  3. Manchester United (€519.5m)
  4. Paris St Germain (€480.8m)
  5. Bayern Munich (€474m)
  6. Manchester City (€463.5m)
  7. Arsenal (€435.5m)
  8. Chelsea (€420m)
  9. Liverpool (€391.8m)
  10. Juventus (€323.9m)

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