La Liga clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona have finished first and second respectively in the latest Deloitte Football Money League.
Madrid recorded revenue of €438.6m with Manchester United the highest ranked Barclays Premier League side in third with €349.8m in a top six which was unchanged from last year’s league. Manchester City climbed nine places up to eleventh whilst Aston Villa broke into the top 20 of the table.
Despite the global economic climate the revenues of the top 20 sides topped €4bn for the time with Deloitte partner Dan Jones is expecting an increase in English clubs in the league going forward as well as UEFA’s planned financial rules having little effect.
"What can we expect in future years? New, bigger central overseas broadcast deals, from 2010/11 should allow English clubs to retain the highest representation in the Money League in forthcoming years," Jones said.
"The much discussed implementation of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations from 2013/14 will not impact on clubs’ revenue generation, with the key principle underlying the regulations being that clubs do not spend more than they earn. Indeed the regulations should help encourage clubs to identify and realise sustainable increased revenues."