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Real Madrid Still Richest Soccer Club in the World

Numbers for the 2007-2008 season are available here

For the third straight year Spanish powerhouse topped the list of richest soccer clubs in the world. Three teams from the Premier League made the top five in , , and , while another Spanish League team is the other club in the top 5. The list is for the money generated but does not include transfer fees.

Dan Jones the partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, the group that compiled the list, stated, “This is the first time that any country has had three clubs in the top five of the Money League. Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium has transformed their revenues whilst Chelsea’s revenue increase sees them return to the top five.”

In 2006-2007 Real Madrid and Manchester United became the only clubs to ever generate in excess of 300 million Euros in a single season. Real Madrid generated 351 million Euros while Manchester United generated 315 million Euros. The rise in the Premier League revenues is due to the new television deals that are now available online for the 2007-2008 season. Jones stated, “With the new Premier League television deals now online for the 2007/08 season, Manchester United have the opportunity to significantly close the gap on Real and a successful run may even see them challenge again for the number one position.”

The top 20 revenue generating clubs increased by 11% to 3.7 billion Euros in the 2006-2007 season, which is the largest increase since the 2002-2003 season. All of the soccer clubs in the top 20 are in Europe with 6 teams in the Premier League, 4 in the Bundesliga (German league), 3 in Italian League A, 3 in La Liga (Spanish league), two in the French league, and one in the Scottish league.

Here is the list of the top 20 revenue generating teams in the 2006-2007 season and how much money, in Euros, the team generated in millions of Euros and Dollars.

1 Real Madrid (Spain) 351.0 / $513.6

2 Manchester United (England) 315.2 / $461.2

3 FC Barcelona (Spain) 290.1 / $424.5

4 Chelsea (England) 283.0 / $414.1

5 Arsenal (England) 263.9 / $386.2

6 (Italy) 227.2 / $332.5

7 (Germany) 223.3 / $326.6

8 (England) 198 / $289.8

9 (Italy) 195.0 / $285.4

10 (Italy) 157.6 / $230.6

11 Tottenham (England) 153.1 / $224.0

12 (Italy) 145.2 / $212.5

13 Olympique Lyon (France) 140.6 /$205.8

14 (England) 129.4 / $189.4

15 Hamburg SV (Germany) 120.4 / $176.2

16 04 (Germany) 114.3 / $167.3

17 Celtic (Scotland) 111.8 / $163.6

18 (Spain) 107.6 / $157.5

19 Olympique (France) 99.0 / $144.9

20 (Germany) 97.3 / $142.4