Madrid, Barca top rich list

Real Madrid and Barcelona have been placed first and second respectively on the annual list of the world’s richest clubs from Deloitte.

The pair are ahead of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in the top five, with only Atletico Madrid from La Liga in the rest of the top 20.

Madrid’s 2014-15 revenue is put at €577m, up from €549.5m the season before, with Barca behind on €560.8m and €484.8m.

Atletico, meanwhile, are at €187.1m for last season and €169.9m for the season before.

“Real Madrid once again delivered a strong financial performance, buoyed by growth in their commercial revenue.” The report’s editor, Dan Jones said, the Guardian reports.

“The planned redevelopment of Santiago Bernabeu will help to continue the growth in match day income in the coming years.

“Barcelona’s achievements in the 2014-15 season have translated to financial success. The European champions have climbed to second place at the expense of Manchester United, with revenue growth across all areas of the business – match day, broadcast and commercial.

“For the biggest clubs the rewards of progression play an important role also. The 2014-15 [Champions League] finalists – Barcelona and Juventus – saw increases in UEFA distributions of €19.1m and €39m respectively, whilst last year’s finalists – Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – saw decreases as a result of not matching their exploits of 2013-14.”