Newcastle Now 17th Richest Football Club In The World

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.

Jones added:

“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

20 comments so far

  • Maldivian Toon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 😛

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Bloody exchange rates, if they had remained stable then we’d be pushing Lyon in 12th.

    Saying that, exchange rates are rubbish partly due to interest rates, and i’m quite enjoying have a proper cheap mortgage!!!!

  • Sav

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    We’re paying out 70% on wages, right?
    So that’s about 70 million, right?

    Ok, Owen accounts for about 5 million we are told, but the rest of the playing staff amount to 65 million per annum? – HOW?
    For all the martyrdom professed by Llambias. I find it a bit hard to believe things are as bad as they are painted. The 17th richest club in the world and we have spent only 2 million net on players in almost 2 years?
    Anyone explain this?

  • DanToon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Sucess brings in money Mike Ashley, look at the table!

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    @Sav – Well from my calculations I reckon the first team squad in itself is getting paid around £60m+ a year in wages. Then add in the youngsters, plus all the coaching, scouting and general staff, as well as board members, then £70m is a defo!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Not bad for a club thats won nothing in centuries (do we count the inter-2-bob cup ?)

    As well as fighting relegation for the last 2 seasons!

    Thats the potential of our club right there folks!

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    No sign of our unwashed neighbours on the list !

  • Stardust

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Sav stop trying to be an at home accountant when you obviously have not got a clue. The official auditted accounts are out – ratified by ernst and Young – they are true beyond all doubt. deal with it.

  • Kash

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Cloke and Daggers Stardust – All is not what it seems, even if by law E.Y. have to give their opinion whether the accounts show a “TRUE and FAIR” view of the business cashflows!

  • Stardust

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Normally I would agree with that Kash – but since Ashley is moving towards a pay for players now model, and open revenue stream – there is no longer a real ability to hide. Im aware of the normal practises to change flows, btu you cant really play with his model, its too transparent – in line with GAP and hard to deviate from .

  • Davies

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Don’t care, though it’s interesting to see that argument could be found on this topic.

    I miss Ed Speed.

    ‘mon the lads.

  • punk skunk...

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Most of those clubs are in MASSIVE debt, so a bit of a misnoamer (sp?)…
    …’Richest clubs in the world’!..

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #13

    * misnomer

  • punk skunk...

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Ta Hugh!.. 😀

  • punk skunk...

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15

    i wonder what no. in the rich list we would be if debt was taken into accout?..
    …Higher than 17th…No doubt!?!..

  • punk skunk...

    Feb 12, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #16


  • chuck

    Feb 12, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Hey, said NUFC were in the top 20 of the worlds richest clubs a few months back and got a lotta heat for it.
    Well there you are no.17 , almost matches our league position.
    If we were to evaluate position with wealth we should be in sixth place, no !
    And a new TV deal which will bring a big increase in revenue, hell we should be able to spend around 50 to 60 million in the summer and still have change left over.

  • Hobs

    Feb 12, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Take the big club’s huge debts into consideration, and we’re at least top 10!!

  • VanCanToonFan

    Feb 12, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #19

    For those of you who haven’t followed the Money League over the last few years, 17th place is nothing to celebrate. We’ve fallen from 12th to 13th to 14th, and now to 17th over the past 4 years:

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #20


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