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Friday 26 December 2014

In Pictures: Football's richest clubs revealed

Cristiano Ronaldo
Club: REAL MADRID
Position (last year): 1 (1)
Revenue (last year): £414.7 (£433)
Real Madrid remain the club with the highest revenue for a record equalling eighth year, matching Manchester United's reign from 1996/97 to 2003/04. Winning La Liga and progressing to the semi-finals of the Champions League saw them become the first club in any sport to surpass the €500m revenue threshold in a single year.
Club: BARCELONA
Position: 2 (2)
Revenue: £390.8 (£407)
Barcelona complete the Spanish one-two. Last season was disappointing by the Catalans' recent standards, failing to win the league or European Cup. However, their marketability shows no signs of ebbing, particularly with Lionel Messi at the heart of the side.
Club: MANCHESTER UNITED
Position: 3 (3)
Revenue: £320.3 (£331.4)
Despite not winning a single trophy last season, Manchester United remain the highest ranked club in England. The huge capacity of Old Trafford and worldwide fanbase make up the shortfall.
Club: CHELSEA
Position: 5 (5)
Revenue: £261 (£228.6)
Becoming European champions for the first time in their history helped Chelsea cling onto fifth place in the money league. However, their early exit from this season's competition and the capacity constraints of Stamford Bridge could see them slip down next year.
Club: ARSENAL
Position: 6 (6)
Revenue: £234.9 (£226.8)
The money league will serve to frustrate Arsenal fans as yet again the club's financial might is laid bare, and yet Arsene Wenger's frugal spending in the transfer market continues.
Club: MANCHESTER CITY
Position: 7 (12)
Revenue: £231.1 (£153.2)
Manchester City make the biggest leap up the table thanks to their Premier League winning exploits and participation in the Champions League. It seems only a matter of time before they oust Arsenal and Chelsea from above them.
Club: AC MILAN
Position: 8 (7)
Revenue: £207.9 (£212)
They may have sold all their star assets but the global appeal of the San Siro based side remains.
Club: LIVERPOOL
Position: 9 (9)
Revenue: £188.7 (£183.6)
Despite their continued absence from the Champions League, the global appeal of Liverpool sees them remain at ninth in the money league. Last season's cup exploits, which saw them win the Carling Cup and make the final of the FA Cup will have helped.
Club: JUVENTUS
Position: 10 (13)
Revenue: £158.1 (£139)
Juventus climb three places in the table thanks to their unbeaten Serie A winning exploits of last season.
Club: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Position: 13 (11)
Revenue: £144.2 (£163.5)
Failing to reach the Champions League following their run to the quarter-finals in 2010/11 means Tottenham slip a couple of places from last year. German champions Borussia Dortmund and Italian giants Inter Milan get in above them.
Club: NEWCASTLE UNITED
Position: 20 (new)
Revenue: £93.3 (£88.5)
Newcastle sneak into the top 20 following a remarkable season which saw them flirt with Champions League qualification and Alan Pardew named manager of the season. They ousted Spanish club Valencia from the top 20. Deloitte report that a further four Premier League clubs sit just outside the top 20 (Everton, Aston Villa, Fulham and Sunderland).

Deloitte have released their annual football money league, ranking clubs based on their revenue last season.

While the top two sides, Real Madrid and Barcelona, may hail from Spain, clubs in England have fared strongly.



Five of the top 10 come from the Premier League while another two make it into the top 20.



Here, we take a look at the top 10 sides in the football money league, plus those English teams that made it into the top 20.



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