Deloitte Football Rich List published

February 12, 2009


Deloitte’s Football Money League, based on financial information for the 2007/08 season, features seven English clubs in the top 20 positions. Although Real Madrid are top and Manchester United in second place, Dan Jones (partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte) said: “If the exchange rate value of the pound had not depreciated, there would have been nine, rather than seven English clubs in the top 20 and Manchester United would have topped the Money League ahead of Real Madrid,”

The list’s authors said that this year’s Money League is based on figures available largely before the global economic downturn started. “Whilst next year’s Money League will show some early signs of how the changing economic environment is affecting the game’s top clubs, it will not be until 2009/10 that there is a fuller picture of the impact,” However, Paul Rawnsley, director in the Sports Business Group, said: “The unique nature of the football industry will enable major clubs to be relatively resistant to the economic downturn. Clubs’ match attendances are holding up well and clubs in each of England, Germany, France and Spain have TV deals secured well into the future at enhanced levels. Despite the challenging economic environment, the Premier League has just secured a record value for live domestic broadcast rights for the seasons 2010/11 to 2012/13, up 4% to £1.782bn. Given the worldwide popularity of the Premier League there is likely to be further uplift in value from overseas rights when they are marketed later this year.”

The Top Ten Clubs are:

  1. Real Madrid: £289.6m
  2. Man Utd: £257.1m
  3. Barcelona: £244.4m
  4. Bayern Munich: £233.8m
  5. Chelsea: £212.9m
  6. Arsenal: £209.3m
  7. Liverpool: £167m
  8. AC Milan: £165.8m
  9. AS Roma: £138.9m
  10. Inter Milan: £136.9m


The Full Deloitte List can be found at:,1002,cid=246693,00.html?WT.mc_id=uk_homeflash_read_fml2009

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