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Top 20 money makers in European soccer – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 12th, 2011 by Ian

Top 20 money makers in European soccer
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According to accounting firm Deloitte LLP, when it comes to making money in soccer, the top Spanish clubs are the best at it as Real Madrid and Barcelona earned the most last year. For Real Madrid it was their sixth year in a row topping the European money-making list.

Manchester City of England gained the most ground over the past year and AS Roma of Italy fell six spots. The combined income for the top 20 clubs came to over 5 billion euros, which is an eight per cent increase over last year. Seventeen of the top 20 clubs saw revenue increase last year. Fourteen of them made the Champions League and the other six played in the Europa League.

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Real was helped out last year by being the host of the European Champions League final. All of the figures are based on the year ending in June 2010. Real saw its total sales reach 438.6 million euros (U.S. $600 million), for an increase of 9.3 per cent. Barcelona was next at 398.1 million euros for an increase of 8.8 per cent that was helped by a new broadcasting contract.

In fact, Spanish clubs negotiate their own broadcasting deals and it isn’t done by the league as a whole. This means each team is free to make as much income as possible via television rights. In England, the Premier League works out a deal that sees all clubs sharing the pot. This may be the reason Man United came in third place with a jump of thee per cent to reach sales of 349.8 euros ($461 million).

However, Barcelona and Real Madrid could see less income in the future as the two clubs signed a collective bargaining agreement with the smaller league clubs in Spain that will see their television revenue drop from 50 per cent to 30 per cent starting in 2015.

Manchester City jumped from 20th place to 11th as the club made 152.8 million euros, which was an increase of over 40 per cent. The club spent a lot of money on new players, but sponsorship deals increased. The club’s losses were still about 121 million pounds and salaries jumped up to 133 million pounds, a jump of about 60 per cent.

Inter Milan had an amazing year on the pitch as it won a treble of the Italian Cup and League and the Champions League. They dropped to ninth place even though they made 224.8 million euros for an increase of 14 per cent. They were overtaken by AC Milan, who earned 235.8 million euros for a 20 per cent jump. Roma fell from 12th to 18th and saw a drop of 16 per cent with an income of 122.7 million euros. They lost television money by not qualifying for the Champions League last season.
The top 20 European teams in revenue for 2009-10 in euros

1. Real Madrid 438.6 m
2. Barcelona 398.1 m
3. Manchester Utd 349.8 m
4. Bayern Munich 323.0 m
5. Arsenal 274.1 m
6. Chelsea 255.9 m
7. AC Milan 235.8 m
8. Liverpool 225.3 m
9. Inter Milan 224.8 m
10. Juventus 205.0 m
11. Manchester City 152.8 m
12. Tottenham 146.3 m
13. Hamburg 146.2 m
14. Lyon 146.1 m
15. Marseille 141.1 m
16. Schalke 139.8 m
17. Atletico Madrid 124.5 m
18. Roma 122.7 m
19. Stuttgart 114.8 m
20. Aston Villa 109.4 m

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