Football Money League 2011
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Welcome to the 14th edition of the Deloitte Football Money League, in which we profile the highest earning clubs in the world’s most popular sport. The Money League is published nine months after the end of the 2009/10 season, and is therefore the most contemporary and reliable analysis of clubs’ relative financial performance.
Congratulations to Real Madrid who head the Money League for the sixth successive year. Los Blancos will doubtless be confident that they can match Manchester United’s eight year hegemony enjoyed from 1996/97, the first edition of the Money League, through to 2003/04. FC Barcelona is placed second in the Money League completing a Spanish one-two for the second successive year. We expect a battle between Spain’s two Superclubs for top spot in the Money League for the next few years at least, with on-pitch performance likely to be a key driver.
Manchester City climbed the most places, up nine to 11th position, even though the club did not participate in European competition. We expect both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to challenge for a top ten positions in future editions. England retains the largest representation from any single country, again with seven clubs, with the other 13 clubs from the ‘big five’ European leagues. VfB Stuttgart and Aston Villa return to the top 20 after one and five year absences respectively, with Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund dropping out.