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Manchester United slip to fourth in Money League of richest clubs

In the United States we’re accustomed to Forbes annual evaluation of the value of sports franchises. In European soccer they have Deloitte’s Football Money League, a list which which profiles the highest earning clubs in the world’s most popular sport. Real Madrid remains atop the list for the ninth consecutive year, but the biggest shock is Manchester United slipping to fourth place.

From the Deloitte Football Money League report, 2014 edition:

This year’s findings show total combined revenue for top 20 Money League clubs up 8% to €5.4bn. Real Madrid retain the top spot for a ninth consecutive year with a revenue of €518.9m. Bayern Munich leapfrog Manchester United to secure third place. Paris Saint-Germain up to fifth place with revenue of almost €400m. New to the top 20 include Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe and all clubs in the top 30 now generate over €100m. For these findings and more, read the full report or our report summary below.

It is just another bump in the road for the United since David Moyes took over for Sir Alex Ferguson, though he can’t really be faulted for this one. It probably has more to do with Bayern Munich, who passed them on the list, winning Champions League and the treble.

“Whilst Manchester United drop one place in the Money League, a number of the club’s recent commercial deals will boost revenue in 2013/14, so this fall to fourth place may only be temporary,” Austin Houlihan, Senior Manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte said.

“These deals, combined with the impact of the improved three year Premier League broadcast deals from 2013/14, mean they are likely to get close to the €500m (£408.7m) revenue mark in next year’s Money League.

“Beyond 2013/14, consistent qualification for the Champions League is key in United challenging to regain top spot in the Money League, a position it last held in 2003/04.”


Slide show with the findings:

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