2013 Deloitte Money League: Real Madrid 1st Sports Club to Surpass €500 million Revenue in a Single Year

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While some clubs publish revenue loss, others are setting the bar higher. According to the 2013 Deloitte Football Money League, Real Madrid is the 1st sports club to exceed the €500 million revenue.

The Spanish Primera Division champion achieved a Eur33.1 million increase in revenue to Eur512.6 million, and in doing so claimed the top position in the Money League for a record equalling eighth year, matching Manchester United’s reign from 1996-97 to 2003-04.

The report from the business advisory firm analysed the annual financial statements of the company or group in respect of each club, or other direct sources, for the 2011-12 season. It stated that combined revenues of the world’s 20 highest earning football clubs have grown 10% on the previous year to reach Eur4.8 billion in 2011-12.

Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “Real have led the way in the phenomenal rate of revenue growth achieved by the game’s top clubs, with the double digit (10%) increase by the top 20 clubs representing continued strong performance in these tough economic times. The combined revenues of the top 20 clubs have quadrupled since we began our analysis in 1996-97.

Whilst eight of the top 20 clubs experienced a drop in revenue in 2011-12, in most cases this was due to less successful on-pitch performances in European club competitions, rather than wider recessionary impacts. Combined, the 20 Money League clubs contribute over one-quarter of the total revenues of the European football market. The top 20 can be expected to generate over Eur5 billion between them in 2012-13.”

For the fifth successive year, the clubs comprising the top six places in the Money League – Real Madrid, FC Barcelona (Eur483 million), Manchester United (Eur395.9 million), Bayern Munchen (Eur368.4 million), Chelsea (Eur322.6 million) and Arsenal (Eur290.3 million) – remain the same. Barcelona again claimed second place in the rankings to complete a Spanish one-two for the fourth successive year.

Once again, the English Premier League contributed the most clubs to the Money League with seven clubs in the top 20 rankings, five of which appear in the top 10. Manchester City (Eur285.6 million) are this year’s joint highest climbers in seventh, along with Borussia Dortmund (11th) and Napoli (15th), moving up five places and claiming a top 10 position for the first time.

The Premier League champion and Serie A title-holder Juventus, in 10th with Eur195.4 million, replace Internazionale and Schalke 04 in the top 10. AC Milan (Eur256.9 million) and Liverpool (Eur233.2 million) occupy the remaining two places in the top 10 in eighth and ninth.

Elsewhere in the Money League, Deloitte said the impact of the Premier League’s huge new TV deals means that half of the top 20 could be represented by English clubs in future editions of the report. Meanwhile there is no place in this year’s list for the new financial heavyweight in European football, Paris Saint-Germain.

Ligue 1’s only representatives in the top 20 come in the shape of Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais in 16th and 17th positions. However, this situation could change significantly through the impact of PSG’s controversial new commercial partnership with the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).

QTA is expected to invest up to Eur200 million a year into PSG until 2016, with the agreement set to be formally announced in the near future. The deal is worth twice the club’s revenues for the 2010-11 season. [Source: Sport Business]

Karl Lusbec


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