Football's richest clubs revealed
Real Madrid topped the list last year - but did England's big guns overtake them?
Mathew Ashton - EMPICS Sport
While the rest of the world struggles with the economic downturn, football's big-money bandwagon just keeps rolling on.
Today accountancy firm Deloitte released its annual list of the world's richest clubs, based on revenue figures from the 2009/10 season. It reveals that the 20 richest clubs in the world produced a record combined revenue of €4.3 billion (£3.7 billion) over the year.
Predictably there was a major presence from the Premier League, but have any English clubs managed to displace Real Madrid? The Spanish club has topped the list for the last five years, allowing them to make big-money raids for the likes of Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Follow our countdown to find out.
For 60 yrs I've supported the same club.THATS WHAT ITS ABOUT.A clubs wealth is meaningless by comparison to its support and the pleasure it gives to its fans.
I've followed them happily,unhappily but relentlessly from Div.1 to Div.2 to Div.3 and back to Premiership, down and back again... and yet again they're proping up the table.BUT WHAT JOY LAST WEEK WHEN THEY BEAT THE 3rd RICHEST CLUB IN THE WORLD following wins over the other rich giants of our English game Man.City and Chelsea.NOW THATS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT
Come on you Wolves and and true supporters of
clubs for who money and idol worship is not what its about
This is annual crass nonsense based solely on income.
It does not include player purchases/wages or debt repayments etc.
Wait a week or so for the statement from Deloitte which include these factors.
Then you will see, as usual, English clubs dominating!
These lists baffle me. Some of these clubs are well documented as being in serious debt but are still among the richest clubs?
How can you be in serious debt but still rich?
And i am amazed that Blackpool never made the top 5
I agree with P. Lazarou.
When it comes to England we are useless! We keep deluding ourselves that we can win with these over paid arrogant school boy attitude players. I am so fed up with our national team and the stupid excuses I hear from the press, players, and other people I know - why we can't win anything other than a friendly with a less than half decent side. The truth is that the players don't care, they still have their millionaire lifestyle - and do not have the pride of playing for England. Just look at the attitude Rooney had at the world cup, yes Wayne, the fans are unhappy after travelling 12 hours in an economy seat to see England play rubbish and lose again, can you blame them for being upset? They call themselves 'professionals' - yet they cannot shut their mouth or trousers when necessary. Also I would like to see us have an 'English' manager - how can you call the team 'England' without this. People laugh at our team, even the manager is not English - and it used to be so embarrassing every time he has to speak after a game, and yes, he does not care if we will win either - as he still gets stupid amounts of money in his Bank Account. He must enjoy ripping off the English. Don't get me wrong, I would also not like to see any other team managed by someone who at least is not a citizen or ideally born in that country. And it's not about colour / race too, but surely you should be able to speak English. Get rid of all these overpaid loud mouthed thugs - and let the youngsters have a go, and no more foreign managers - who like wasting our money and cannot speak English.
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