Numero uno! Real Madrid still world's richest football club

There's a reason Real Madrid is known as Los Galacticos. The Spanish team has topped Deloitte's football rich list for the eighth year in a row, with skyrocketing revenues hitting the 500m euros (£420m) mark for the first time.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

The Deloitte Football Money League report is out and, unsurprisingly, Real Madrid has topped the list once again with 2012 revenues of €513m, a good €30m ahead of second-placed team Barcelona with €483m. The only other team to have topped the list for eight consecutive seasons is Manchester United.

This year, however, Manchester United takes third place with €396m. But the club could fare better next year following its recent £51m shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet. Check out our five business lessons from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Chelsea FC is pipped to fourth place by Bayern Munich. The German football club pulled in revenues of €368 to Chelsea's €323m last year. This despite Chelsea winning both the lucrative Uefa Champions League and the FA Cup. Read our leadership kessons from Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez

Arsenal doesn't make the top five this year, dropping a place to sixth despite a €40m jump in revenues in 2011-2012. It too may make better showing next year: back in November, Gunners bosses agreed a deal to continue Emirates shirt sponsorship until 2019 for a tidy £150m (a fair few mill more than Real Madrid received from Emirates for its shirt sponsorship). Here's our business lessons from Arsene Wenger.

Manchester City jumped from twelfth to seventh spot this year off the back of a (somewhat controversial) 10-year sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways worth a reported €480m, the largest deal of its kind in football (hence murmurs that the deal contravenes Euefa's 'fair price' policy). It also filled the coffers by winning the Premier League, taking full-year revenues to €286m, up from €170m last year.

Liverpool is in the ninth spot for the second year running. Revenues are up by €30m despite a disappointing season. As for Tottenham Hotspur, the team hasn't made the top ten this year, falling two places to 13th after Spurs revenues took a dive.

However, the future is bright for British football clubs, says Deloitte. In the coming years, the bumper new TV deal for the Premier League worth more than €3.5bn for three years will push more English clubs break into the top 20, it reckons. Score!

Here is the Deloitte Football Money League top ten:

1. Real Madrid: 513m euros

2. Barcelona: 483m euros

3. Man Utd: 396m euros

4. Bayern Munich: 368m euros

5. Chelsea: 323m euros

6. Arsenal: 290m euros

7. Manchester City: 286m euros

8. AC Milan: 257m euros

9. Liverpool: 233m euros

10. Juventus: 195m euros

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