The report focuses on clubs’ ability to generate revenue from matchday activities – including ticketing and hospitality packages – broadcasting rights – in both local leagues and European competitions – and commercial activities – sponsorship, merchandising, stadium tours and other activities achieve.

Despite the fact that we find old acquaintances from the five major European leagues in the top 20 richest clubs, participation and performance in UEFA competitions have been key to changes in ranking positions this year. Southampton FC, whose broadcasting rights revenue has skyrocketed, make their debut in the rankings, while Everton and Napoli return to the top 20.

The battle for the top spot in this year’s rankings was the toughest in the history of the report, with a €1.7m difference between Manchester United and Real Madrid in first and second place. Revenue for the top 20 clubs in this year’s rankings also broke a historic record, reaching 7.9 billion, up 6% on last year.

Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid are among the top-grossing football clubs in the world:

Real Madrid (674.56 million euros). “After being dethroned from the top 2 in the rankings for the first time since the 2002/03 season, Real Madrid are reclaiming that position by overtaking their main rivals, FC Barcelona. With a difference of only 1.7 million euros against Manchester United, the performance of the two teams in the various competitions and in particular in the Champions League will determine next year’s Football Money League classification,” the report said.

FC Barcelona (648.3 million euros). “Although their global earnings have increased by 5% compared to last year, the Catalan team has fallen to third place in the rankings. The club’s broadcasting revenues have increased by 12.2 million euros as a result of the impact of new Spanish regulations on the centralized sale of broadcasting rights.

Atlético Madrid (272.5 million euros). “The Rojiblancos are consolidated in thirteenth place in the ranking, with a total turnover of 272.5 million euros. The club’s move to the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium, with a capacity of 68,000 spectators, is expected to increase the club’s revenues in the coming seasons,” the report reads.

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