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Manchester United set to become the World’s richest club

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Real Madrid are once again the world’s richest football club, but according to the latest figures from Deloitte’s Football Money League, Manchester United will overtake them and Barcelona to become the world’s highest-earning football club over the next 12 months.

Based on 2014-15 revenues, United have slipped one position to third in the 19th edition of the Football Money League, but Deloitte is tipping them to take top spot in the Football Money League for the first time in over a decade next year.

This is because United’s revenue will be boosted by the £75m-a-year, 10-year deal with kit manufacturer Adidas, and a £53m-a-year shirt-sponsorship agreement with Chevrolet.

United are one of 17 Premier League clubs to claim a place in the top 3 – essentially all the clubs in England’s top flight with the exception of the three promoted clubs.

United’s annual revenue dropped from £433.2m in 2013-14 to £395.2m due to the club’s absence from the Champions League last season, but Tim Bridge, senior manager at Deloitte said the club’s robust business model ensured the club could ride out short term failure on the pitch.

“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,” he said.

“The return to Champions League football, as well as the commencement of a number of significant commercial partnerships, will only strengthen the business in 2015-16. With this in mind, it would not be surprising to see United top next year’s Money League for the first time in 12 years, with the club forecasting revenues of around £500m.”

According to Deloitte, the 20 highest-earning football clubs in the world generated €6.6bn (£5bn) of revenue last season, an increase of eight per cent on the previous year.

Real top the table for the 11th year in succession. But the growing financial might of the Premier League is illustrated by five clubs – United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool – claiming a place in the top 10.


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With the return of Champions League Football and the new deal for that kicking in along with the Premier League deal next season it puts United in the strongest financial position to date.

It also helps reducing the debt with the level of income into the club

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