LONDON: Real Madrid are the highest-earning club in football for the eight successive year in the Deloitte Football Money League.

The Spanish champions are the first club to earn more than €500m in one year. The majority was earned through broadcasting, which made up 39pc of Madrid’s revenue at €199.2m ($265.4m). Commercial revenue was €187.2m ($249.4m) (36pc) and matchday revenue made up €126.2m ($168m) (25pc).

Adam Bull, senior consultant at Deloitte, was reported by iSportconnect, as saying Madrid surpassed €500m because of the club’s strength, on and off the pitch.

He said: “On the pitch they won La Liga in 2011-12 gaining 100 points in the process – a feat that had never been achieved by any championship winning side in any of the European ‘big five’ – attracting an average league attendance in excess of 71,000 and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

“This run in the Champions League, and the individual selling of broadcast rights, led them to generate the highest broadcast revenue of all the Money League clubs, €199m.

“Additionally, their popularity amongst fans across the world allows them to attract high value commercial deals and to play in lucrative friendly matches in places such as the US, China and Kuwait.”

English Premier League champions Manchester City were the big movers from last year, narrowing the gap on clubs above them. City now stand seventh in the table, behind Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal.

City moved up five places from the previous year and generated €285.6m ($380.4m) worth of revenue in 2011-12. The majority of this was raised through commercial revenue, which raised €138.5m ($184.5m) (49pc).

Borussia Dortmund also moved up the Money League by five places, into 11th. The Bundesliga club produced €189.1m ($251.9m) in revenue, after successful years domestically and in the Champions League.

The report also shows that Dortmund boast the highest average league match attendance for 2011-12. Signal Iduna Park welcomed an average 79,860 fans compared with second-placed Manchester United’s 75,387.

Internazionale, Schalke and Roma dropped the furthest, with all three teams slipping four places to 12th, 14th and 19th respectively.

The only newcomers were Newcastle United, who broke in to the top 20 by making €115.3m ($153.6m). The club had been in the top 20 previously but not since 2008. They replaced Valencia who were the only team to move out of the list, based on last year’s table.

1, Real Madrid – €512.6m / (€479.5m in 2010-11)

2, Barcelona – €483m / (€450.7m)

3, Manchester United – €395.9m / (€367m)

4, Bayern Munich – €368.4m / (€321.4m)

5, Chelsea – €322.6m / (€253.1m)

6, Arsenal – €290.3m / (€251.1m)

7, Manchester City – €285.6m / (€169.6m)

8, AC Milan – €256.9m / (€234.8m)

9, Liverpool – €233.2m / (€203.3m)

10 Juventus – €195.4m / (€153.9m)

11 Borussia Dortmund – €189.1m / (€138.5m)

12 Internazionale – €185.9m / (€211.4m)

13 Tottenham – €178.2m / (€181m)

14 Schalke 04 – €174.2m / (€202.4m)

15 Napoli – €148.4m / (€114.9m)

16 Marseille – €135.7m / (€150.4m)

17 Lyon – €131.9m / (€132.8m)

18 Hamburg – €121.1m / (€128.8m)

19 AS Roma – €115.9m / (€143.5m)

20 Newcastle United – €115.3m / New Entry


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