Manchester United have dropped out of the top three of football’s top-earning clubs for the first time. United, 14 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal and knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night on penalties by Sunderland, are now fourth in the Deloitte Football Money League behind leaders Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich based on income from the 2012-13 season.
The money table has been compiled by Deloitte since 1997, and for the first eight years United were the biggest-earning club in the world only to be overtaken by first Real Madrid, then Barcelona and now Bayern, thanks in part to the German side’s Treble-winning season.
The table has also recorded an astonishing rise in income by the Qatari-owned French club Paris Saint-Germain, with earnings rocketing by a record 81 percent to see the team rise from 10th to fifth in the table ahead of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Real Madrid top the Money League for the ninth consecutive year, with total revenue of 518.9 million euros (444.7 million pounds), followed by Barcelona with 482.6 million euros (413.6 million pounds) — the Spanish clubs benefit financially from being able to negotiate their own TV deals.
Bayern are third with earnings of 431.2 million euros (369.6 million pounds), then Manchester United with 423.8 million euros (363.2 million pounds) and PSG are not far behind on 398.8 million euros (341.8 million pounds).
Manchester City are sixth with 316.2 million euros (271 million pounds), then Chelsea 303.4 million euros (260 million pounds) and Arsenal 284.3 million euros (243.6 million pounds).
The Money League also illustrates how clubs which are taken over by super-rich owners can swiftly see huge increases in revenue. In 2009, Manchester City and PSG were 20th and 21st in the table but have seen significant growth, notably in terms of commercial income.
Both clubs have benefited from major sponsorship deals related to their owners — and PSG’s with the Qatar Tourism Authority which will net the French club 160 million pounds annually until 2016 has eclipsed City’s 400 million pound-plus Etihad deal which is over 10 years.