Forbes has released its list of the most profitable football club in the world for last season and the list is dominated by Premier League clubs, who occupied 5 of the 10 places.
Manchester United might be struggling on the field, but they dominate off it. During the 2014/2015 season, using June 2015 exchange rates, United made a £132 million profit, leading second-placed Real Madrid by a total of £20 million, as the Spanish giants earned £112 million.
The next three clubs are all Premier League ones, with Manchester City coming in third with a £91 million profit. Arsenal took in £85 million, while Liverpool took in £80 million.
Tottenham are ranked eight in this list, earning a £51 million profit. The Spurs are ranked behind Barcelona and Juventus, who took in £75 million and £56 million respectively.
Two German clubs fill out the top ten. Schalke 04 surprisingly beat champions Bayern Munich when it comes to making profits. Schalke took in £46 million, while Bayern took on “only” £41 million.
Interestingly last season’s Premier League champions Chelsea are not on the list while only one Serie A, Juventus, is included.
The top 10:
- Manchester United – £132 million
- Real Madrid – £112 million
- Manchester City – £91 million
- Arsenal – £85 million
- Liverpool – £80 million
- Barcelona – £75 million
- Juventus – £56 million
- Tottenham – £51 million
- Schalke – £46 million
- Bayern Munich – £41 million
The calculations are based on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and player trading.