Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid

The biggest money-making football clubs of the 2014/15 season have been ranked by accountancy firm Deloitte in their annual Football Money League report.

Europe continues to dominate, with all the teams on the list from that continent.

Within Europe, the Premier League punches above its weight, with UK clubs making up 8 of the top 19.

Much of this is thanks to the enduring appeal of the English Premiership, which is still the most-watched league in the world.

Elsewhere on the list, Italy has four placings, while Spain and Germany have three. France has to settle for one.

Deloitte says that exchange rates help explain the large English showing, and adds that with a new financing structure for the Premier League coming into effect next season — which will see clubs share around £5 billion in TV revenues — English clubs could get even richer:

With over half of the top 30 already made up of Premier League clubs, and the staggering new Premier League domestic broadcast deal coming into effect in 2016/17, there is an outside chance that the Money League top 30 will feature all 20 Premier League clubs in two years’ time.

Check out the list below for the highest club football revenues in 2014/15:

1. Real Madrid (Spain)

2014/15 Revenue: €577 million

(£456 million; $657 million)

The biggest money making team of last season was voted by FIFA as the European club of the 20th century, and its fortunes are only getting better this millennium. Real Madrid has some of the world’s most expensive players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, but its revenue to wage ratio is in good health thanks to high ticket, shirt, and TV rights sales. Expect it to be number one for many years to come.

2. FC Barcelona (Spain)
2014/15 Revenue: €561 million

(£443 million; $638 million)

Home of Lionel Messi — the world’s best player in many people’s eyes — Barcelona rises two places from the previous season. Its ownership structure is something of a cooperative: it is not possible to purchase shares in the club, but only membership. As of 2016, the club has 140,000 members.

3. Manchester United (UK)
2014/15 Revenue: €520 million

(£411 million; $592 million)

Fans may be missing the Alex Ferguson-led glory days, but the global brand of Manchester United still gave it the biggest revenues of any English club in the 2014/15 season. It’s also one of the few clubs in the world to have gone public, debuting on the New York stock exchange in 2012.

4. Paris Saint-Germain (France)
2014/15 Revenue: €481 million

(£380 million; $547 million)

France’s only club on the list is also one of the wealthiest in the world. It’s currently owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, which has ploughed $340 million into the club since 2012, allowing it to buy some of the world’s most expensive players, build its brand, and cement its league success.

5. Bayern Munich (Germany)
2014/15 Revenue: €474 million

(£374 million; $539 million)

6. Manchester City (UK)
2014/15 Revenue: €464 million

(£366 million; $$528 million)

7. Arsenal (UK)
2014/15 Revenue: €436 million

(£344 million; $496 million)

8. Chelsea (UK)
2014/15 Revenue: €420 million

(£332 million; $478 million)

9. Liverpool (UK)
2014/15 Revenue: €392 million

(£310 million; $446 million)

10. Juventus (Italy)
2014/15 Revenue: €324 million

(£256 million; $369 million)

Culled from Business Insider, UK.


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