It may or may not be the best league in the world, but it’s certainly the richest as Premier League clubs dominate this year’s rich list.
Although Manchester United dropped a place to third behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in the league of the world’s richest clubs, as compiled by Deloitte, half of the top 10 are from the Premier League.
And it goes even further than that. No fewer than 17 of the 20 Premier League clubs are ranked in the top 30, and their position will become even stronger from from next season when the huge new Premier League TV deals – expected to top £8billion over three years – come on stream.
While United are in third now, they’re expected to return to the top of table for the first time in 12 years next time around – their return to the Champions League and the impact of a huge new Adidas sponsorship deal should see them take over at the top for the first time since 2004.
Tim Bridge, senior manager at Deloitte, said: “Despite a reduction in revenue year-on-year, the fact that Manchester United remain in the top three of the money league demonstrates the underlying strength of the club’s business model.
“The return to Champions League football, as well as the commencement of a number of significant commercial partnerships, will only strengthen the business in 2015/16. With this in mind, it would not be surprising to see United top next year’s Money League for the first time in 12 years, with the club forecasting revenues of around £500million.”
Italian clubs’ financial struggles are continuing. Inter Milan have almost dropped out of the top 20 and are set to be overtaken by the likes of Leicester City and Southampton in future years.