Newcastle United have slipped four places in the Deloitte Football Money League, which is issued every year and ranks the revenue of football clubs around the world.
Newcastle United now 17th richest club in the world – down from 13th
Rather surprisingly Real Madrid are still top of the league, in spite of Manchester United winning the Premier League, European Champions League and being the current World Club Champions.
In contrast Real Madrid, at least on the playing side, have had a very poor couple of seasons.
The reports suggest the strength of the euro against the pound was the major reason Real Madrid maintained their top position, even though Manchester had a 21% increase in revenues.
There were 7 English clubs in the top 20, and that would have been 9 without the depreciation of the pound, which had to be more bad news for UEFA President Michel Platini. 😀
Barcelona are third in the list, while Bayern Munich have climbed above Chelsea (fifth) and Arsenal (sixth) to be fourth.
Manchester United are to announce their revenue figures shortly, and Deloitte are predicting the club will announce a revenue of £257m in 2007/08 compared to £210m in the prior 12 months – that’s a 22.4% increase.
Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said:
“Real Madrid’s four per cent revenue growth is more modest than recent years, but the club have doubled their revenues since 2002 and have a lead of £32.5m over Manchester United.”
“Real have announced they are budgeting for revenues of 400m euro (£360m) in 2008/09, so it will be difficult for rivals to replace them at the top of the Money League next year.”
“Manchester United’s success in winning the Premier League and Champions League has contributed to significantly-increased revenue in 2007/08, but the depreciation of the pound against the euro means they remain in second position.”
Liverpool have gone up a place to seventh with a 25% increase in revenues.
“If the value of the pound had not depreciated, there would have been nine, rather than seven English clubs in the top 20.”
“And Manchester United would have topped the Money League ahead of Real Madrid.”
English clubs should continue to do well after last week’s announcement by the Premier League of an increase in domestic broadcast rights to £1.78B for 2010-2013.
The rights from around the world are expected to increase even further than that.
Celtic have dropped out of the top 20 clubs in the Money League – and Manchester City have come in.
Revenue is one thing, and profit in something entirely different, and it would be nice to see how these clubs rank in terms of profits, since it appears very few football clubs were in the black.
For those antogonists who keep saying that Newcastle is not a big club, point them to this. Of course it would be nice to point them to a few trophies over the last 40 years, but we cannot do that. 🙁
Deloitte Football Money League – 2007/08 revenue (previous year in brackets)
1 (1) Real Madrid £289.6m
2 (2) Manchester United £257.1m
3 (3) FC Barcelona £244.4m
4 (7) Bayern Munich £233.8m
5 (4) Chelsea £212.9m
6 (5) Arsenal £209.3m
7 (8) Liverpool £167.0m
8 (6) AC Milan £165.8m
9 (11) AS Roma £138.9m
10 (9) Internazionale £136.9m
11 (12) Juventus £132.6m
12 (13) Lyon £123.3m
13 (16) Schalke 04 £117.5m
14 (10) Tottenham £114.8m
15 (15) Hamburg £101.3m
16 (19) Marseille £100.4m
17 (14) Newcastle £99.4m
18 (-) Stuttgart £88.3m
19 (-) Fenerbahce £88.1m
20 (-) Manchester City £82.3m