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Real Madrid topped the 2019 Money League, but rivals Barcelona have beaten them and has become the first club to exceed €800 million (£687.3 million) in revenue.
📊 [FCB] | Barça tops Deloitte’s Football Money League for the first time
🔶 The club leads the ranking for the 2018/19 season after breaking the €800 million ordinary revenue barrier, and finishes ahead of Madrid, United, Bayern and PSG, who make up the rest of the Top 5 pic.twitter.com/MJznkQSnN9
— BarçaTimes Statistics (@BT_Stats) January 14, 2020
European champions Liverpool find themselves in 7th, just behind 2018-19 Premier League champions Manchester City. Tottenham Hotspur and London rivals Chelsea have made it to the top 10 richest clubs in the world.
In fact, eight of the top 20 are Premier League sides. Serie A have four clubs in the top 20 richest clubs list, while three a piece from La Liga and the Bundesliga and two entrants from Ligue 1. Here’s the top 20 list in full:
#Deloitte Football Money League 2020 ⚽️📊💰
💰➡️ The ”TOP 20” clubs generated a record of €9.3bn (11% increase).
💰➡️ #FCBarcelona becomes the first club to break €800 m revenue barrier
⚽️➡️ 8 English clubs
⚽️➡️ 4 Italian club
⚽️➡️ 3 Spanish /3 German
⚽️➡️ 2 French clubs pic.twitter.com/APjsIx0mWK
— Ornella D. Bellia (@DesireeBellia) January 14, 2020
Among the big names that have dropped out of the list are AC Milan and Newcastle United. The Rossoneri are 21st but the Magpies are not even in the top 30. Lyon and Napoli have made their way in the top 20.
Barcelona’s lead over Real Madrid has become a record, while the top 20 clubs have enjoyed a combined revenue increase of €1 billion from last year.
Meanwhile, Deloitte’s Dan Jones predicts (h/t The Daily Mail) that Manchester United’s dominance in the Football Money League is in danger, with clubs like Man City and Liverpool looking to overtake them.
“United have been the top English club since we started the Money League, but that could come under a bit of pressure when we do it in 2021.
“That will cover this season when Liverpool are having an tremendous season on the pitch, so we think there’s a possibility of United losing that No. 1 position.”
United figures highlight the cost of non-qualification for the Champions League. Club are forecasting that they will bring as much as £67m less than last year. Not great, although revenue still way ahead of many PL rivals.
— Mike Keegan (@MikeKeegan_DM) November 18, 2019
United’s performance on the pitch have been very poor in 2019-20, and they are likely to see a drop in revenue after they missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification last season.