Manchester United, Named world’s Leading Revenue-Generating Club

Manchester United generated the most revenue of any football club in the world last season, according to a report published by Deloitte.

United dethrone Real Madrid, who held top spot for 11 years after accumulating a record revenue of 515 million pounds during the 2015-16 term.

The Premier League club saw commercial revenue grow by 71 million pounds

Combined revenue for the top 20 clubs during the 2015-16 season grew 12% to 6.41 billion pounds, a new record.

Wayne Rooney  photo credit: Дмитрий Голубович -
Wayne Rooney
photo credit: Дмитрий Голубович –

It is the first time Manchester United have topped the annual Deloitte Football Money League since the 2003-04 season.

Real drop down to third, behind Spanish rivals Barcelona, who remain in second spot.

German giants Bayern Munich move up a position to fourth and Manchester City also climb a spot to fifth having generated 392.6 million pounds up from 352.6 million pounds during the previous season. It is the first time they have reached the top five of the annual list.

Eight Premier League clubs make the top 20, with revenues totalling nearly 2.4 billion pounds.

Champions Leicester City (20th) enter the top 20 for the first time. They produced a revenue of 128 million pounds which is almost five times the revenue generated two seasons before in 2013-14.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham remain in seventh, eighth, ninth and 12th place, with West Ham in 18th position.

Partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, Dan Jones said Manchester United’s record revenues were achieved by “phenomenal commercial revenue growth”.

He added: “In recent years, their ability to secure commercial partnerships with value in excess of that achievable by their peers has been the crucial factor in enabling the club to regain their place at the top of the money league.

“That said, they’ll face strong competition from Barcelona and Real Madrid to retain the top spot in next year’s edition, due to the lack of Champions League football, the weakening of the pound against the euro and, over the longer term, as other clubs enter the commercial market demanding similar deals, using United as the precedent.”

Old Trafford photo credit: Abhijit Tembhekar
Old Trafford
photo credit: Abhijit Tembhekar

Deloitte Money League Table 2015-2016 season (Top 10)

1. Manchester United – 515.3 million pounds

2. Barcelona – 463.8 million pounds

3. Real Madrid – 463.7 million pounds

4. Bayern Munich – 442. 7 million pounds

5. Manchester City – 392.6 million pounds

6. Paris Saint-Germain – 389.6 million pounds

7. Arsenal – 350.4 million pounds

8. Chelsea – 334.6 million pounds

9. Liverpool – 320 million pounds

10. Juventus – 255.1 million pounds


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