Money LeagueTue, 17 February 2009
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- Real Madrid remain ahead of Manchester United as the richest club in the world.
- Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. The other English clubs in the top 20 are Tottenham Hotspur (14th), Newcastle United (17th) and Manchester City (20th).
- “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,” said Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.
- All the top 20 clubs represent Europe. Germany and Italy have four clubs each in the top 20, Spain and France have two clubs each.
The top 20 are:
|1.||Real Madrid (Spain)||€365.8m (£289.6m)|
|2.||Manchester United (England)||€324.8m (£257.1m)|
|3.||FC Barcelona (Spain)||€308.8m (£244.4m)|
|4.||Bayern Munich (Germany)||€295.3m (£233.8m)|
|5.||Chelsea (England)||€268.9m (£212.9m)|
|6.||Arsenal (England)||€264.4m (£209.3m)|
|7.||Liverpool (England)||€210.9m (£167.0m)|
|8.||AC Milan (Italy)||€209.5m (£165.8m)|
|9.||AS Roma (Italy)||€175.4m (£138.9m)|
|10.||Internazionale (Italy)||€172.9m (£136.9m)|
|11.||Juventus (Italy)||€167.5m (£132.6m)|
|12.||Olympique Lyonnais (France)||€155.7m (£123.3m)|
|13.||Schalke 04 (Germany)||€148.4m (£117.5m)|
|14.||Tottenham Hotspur (England)||€145.0m (£114.8m)|
|15.||Hamburger SV (Germany)||€127.9m (£101.3m)|
|16.||Olympique de Marseille (France)||€126.8m (£100.4m)|
|17.||Newcastle United (England)||€125.6m (£99.4m)|
|18.||Vfb Stuttgart (Germany)||€111.5m (£88.3m)|
|19.||Fenerbahce (Turkey)||€111.3m (£88.1m)|
|20.||Manchester City (England)||€104.0m (£82.3m)|
Earning huge revenue in sport is one thing, but how much does it cost to earn that level of revenue? At some point, it has been more about prestige than profit. Whether it is sustainable in the present economic climate is another matter.
On BBC Sport yesterday:
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has seen his wealth reduced by about $9bn (£6.3bn) in the financial crisis, according to a business magazine.
Abramovich held on to second place among Russia’s wealthiest people with a fortune of $13.9bn, said Finans magazine.
Last year, American magazine Forbes estimated Abramovich was worth $23.5bn.
Last week, it had been reported:
Chelsea Football Club has revealed a £65.7m ($95m) loss for the financial year to the end of June 2008.
The amount includes a total of £23m in compensation paid to Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant and five coaches who left the club during the year.
However, it does not cover the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was axed from Stamford Bridge this week.
The latest in a string of hefty losses will ultimately be borne by Chelsea’s Russian owner, Roman Abramovich.
The BBC has learned that Mr Abramovich’s investment in the club has reached £710m.
He has now changed part of that investment from an interest-free loan into shares in the club, as a sign of continuing commitment to Chelsea.
£25m may be nothing compared to £6.3bn or even £65.7m, but according to the Daily Mirror yesterday, that’s the size of Portsmouth’s “massive new cash crisis – with the club’s bankers planning to pull out of football to leave them looking for someone to pick up around £25 million of debts.”