Football scores big bucks

Businesses may still be suffering
from the effects of widespread economic downturn, but the world’s leading
football clubs are earning more than ever according to a new report.

The top-20 teams generated a record
$5.9 billion in the 2009-10 season, an 8 per cent increase on the previous
period, says financial advisor Deloitte.

Its Football Money League, revealed
that Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona remained top of the earnings table
ahead of England’s Manchester United and Germany’s Bayern Munich.

“All bar three of the top-20
clubs achieved revenue growth during 2009-10, demonstrating the continued
resilience of football’s top clubs as the full impact of the global economic
downturn took hold,” Deloitte’s Dan Jones said.


(in million euros)

Real Madrid 438.6
2. Barcelona 398.1
3. Man Utd 349.8
4. Bayern Munich 323
5. Arsenal 274.1
6. Chelsea 255.9
7. AC Milan 235.8
8. Liverpool 225.3
9. Inter Milan 224.8
10. Juventus 205
11. Man City 152.8
12. Tottenham 146.3
13. Hamburg 146.2
14. Lyon 146.1
15. Marseille 141.1
16. Schalke 139.8
17. Atletico Madrid 124.5
18. Roma 122.7
19. Stuttgart 114.8
20. Aston Villa 109.4

He added, “The game’s top clubs have
proved themselves well-placed to meet these economic challenges given their
large and loyal supporter bases, ability to drive broadcast audiences, and
continuing attraction to corporate partners.”


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