Manchester United pip Real Madrid to top football rich list

   RICHEST Manchester United have edged out Spanish giants Real Madrid

GETTY RICHEST Manchester United have edged out Spanish giants Real Madrid

"The Cherries' revenue of £136.8 million in 2016/17 is £135.7 million higher than their equivalent figure in the first ever Money League in 1996/97", say the report authors.

Despite a lack of Champions League football last season, the Red Devils managed to pip European champs Real Madrid to the top of the Deloitte Football Money League for last season. The club were only promoted to the Premier League at the start of the 2015/16 season. Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City were among the 30 richest, with Bournemouth, whose stadium has a 11,464 capacity, the world's 28th richest club, owing to being in the English top flight for only the second season in their history. "With all three clubs through to the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, it may be as simple as the club that goes furthest in the competition will have the best chance of topping the Money League next year".

Manchester United, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona complete the top three of the Money League and it now takes revenue of nearly €200m to be guaranteed a place in the top 20, nearly double the amount required in the 2010 edition.

Manchester City have also significantly grown their revenue over the last 12 months from £392.6million to £453.5m as they look set to rein in Europe's top four. Unsurprisingly, broadcast revenue is now the largest individual revenue stream for the Money League clubs, making up 45% of total revenue.

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'Looking further ahead, the long term composition of the Money League is an intriguing topic.

Bournemouth emphasise the financial rewards available at the highest level of English football, and the scale of the opportunity for clubs that successfully navigate their way up English football's competitive league pyramid in the future.

Deloitte said the Premier League's continued dominance of the list would depend on the strength of the next TV rights deal starting from 2019/20. However, if growth is marginal, other countries may have the opportunity to close the gap, particularly in Spain who will also be negotiating new broadcast deals'.

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