Premier League: Manchester United ‘Will Overtake’ Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, Says Deloitte

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The World richest clubs have been revealed by Deloitte and Manchester United is predicted to have a high chance of taking the top spot come next year, a BBC report confirms.

Spanish giant Real Madrid has topped Deloitte’s Football Money League for the 11th consecutive year, earning 577m euro (£439m) in 2014-15.

Champions League winners Barcelona are second with 560.8m euro (£426.6m). Manchester United is at third place with 519.5m euro (£395.2m).

Deloitte said that Manchester United’s absence from the Champions League brought them down from the second position to the third, but the new £5.1bn television rights deal starting next year will help them accelerate their growth. The £75m-a-year Adidas kit agreement also helped United compensate for their revenue loss from the UEFA Champions League.

Tim Bridge, senior manager at Deloitte, was quoted in SkySports as saying, “Despite a reduction in revenue year-on-year, the fact that Manchester United remain in the top three of the Money League demonstrates the underlying strength of the club’s business model.”

United’s top three position “emphasised the strength of their business model,” according to Deloitte. They believe premier league’s top club is going in the right direction.

Manchester United took the top spot in the Deloitte Football Money League way back in 1998 when it was introduced for the first time. While they have constantly been in the top three, they have never topped the list since 1998.

Moreover, Manchester United haven’t won a single trophy since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. However, Dan Jones, the report’s author and Deloitte partner, says that positive results should help them finally reach the summit.

“I am not surprised to see Manchester United up there and challenging to reclaim that number one spot they lost 11 years ago. But I don’t think that is a long-term sustainable position if they don’t get more things going for them on the pitch,” Jones said.

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