The Deloitte Money league which ranks clubs based on aggregate revenue is in its 20th edition, and the three clubs that topped the inaugural edition (the 96-97 season) are one in the same in 2017: Manchester United, Barcelona, and Real Madrid.
Real Madrid had topped the Money League’s revenue table for the last 11 years, but this year they even lost out to Barcelona for second place by approximately 100,000 euros. The Messi, Suarez, Neymar trident managed to pull in 620.2 million euros from matchday, broadcast, and commercial revenue, while Los Blancos were right behind them with a revenue of 620.1 million euros.
Manchester United came up bigger than ever, setting a record income of 689 million euros. This is the first time United has graced the top of the Deloitte Money League’s since 2005. Their success can be contributed to a variety of elements, but some of the clearest evidence comes from their big name contracts and sponsorships from companies like Adidas and Chevrolet. Returning to UEFA champions league play helped Manchester United to bolster their broadcast revenue in the process as well.
Even more impressive is that the 20th Deloitte Money League saw all three clubs break the 600m euros mark for the first time ever. As a whole the aggregate revenue of the top 20 teams grew from 5.5 billion to 7.4 billion.
Check out the Deloitte Money League graphic below for the full break down for 2017: