Berlin, Feb 10 (DPA) Spanish giants Real Madrid continue to head the list of top earners in world football for the sixth successive time.
The Deloitte Football Money League, which was published Thursday, says the La Liga club had a revenue of 438.6 million euros ($599.1 million) during the 2009/2010 season, up 37.2 million euros from the previous season.
Unlike the Spanish league, where Real have been playing second fiddle to Barcelona for the past two seasons, they lead their Spanish rivals in revenue by 40.5 million euros.
The authors of the report said that they thought that Real Madrid and Barcelona would continue to dominate the list in years to come.
“We expect a battle between Spains two Superclubs for top spot in the Money League for the next few years at least, with on-pitch performance likely to be a key driver.”
Barcelona’s revenue will increase dramatically from this season as the club late last year announced a huge five-year jersey sponsorship from the Qatar Foundation, which is said to generate 30 million euros per year.
It is the first time that the club has agreed to paid-for shirt advertising after previously carrying the UNICEF logo.
Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Arsenal are third, fourth and fifth respectively.
The English Premier League continue to dominate world football in terms of revenue, with seven clubs making the top 20, including Aston Villa who return after a five-year absence.
Manchester City, who seem to be a serious Premier League title challenger this season, made the biggest jump from last year’s list, climbing nine places to 11th, prompting the authors to say: “We expect both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to challenge for a top ten positions in future editions.”
Germany and Italy both have four clubs in the list, which again includes only European clubs and does not include transfer fees.
The only other countries represented are France and Spain, who each have three clubs in the top 20.
Deloitte said that the list was the most contemporary and reliable analysis of clubs relative financial performance.