Manchester United Announced As The Most Valuable Football Team

Manchester United despite being second in the English Premier League this season were crowed the most valuable football team in the world according to a report by accounting firm KPMG on Wednesday.

The Red Devils’ overall value went up by five percent in comparison to 2017 to more than 3.2 billion euros (£2.8 billion pounds, $3.77 billion), knocking off Real Madrid on 2.9 billion euros and FC Barcelona on 2.8 billion euros.

“We calculate the assets of each club, if they own a stadium for example, the value of the players, but also the value of the brand or image with advertising contracts and their reach on social networks,” said Jacques Boussuge, head of sports advisory at KPMG.

Of the 32 European clubs assessed, Bayern Munich came fourth with 2.55 billion euros, Juventus were ninth on 1.3 billion euros, with Paris Saint-Germain in 11th place, with an estimated value of 1.14 billion euros.

“PSG is progressing… but it takes time and is limited by financial fair play regulations,” Boussuge said.

In total, the financial value of the 32 clubs reached an estimated 32.5 billion euros, a 9 percent increase on 2017.

Mourinho ‘Very Positive’ That Ferguson Will Recover

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United are “very positive” that former manager Alex Ferguson will recover from the brain haemorrhage that has left him in intensive care.

Ferguson, who won 38 trophies during an unrivalled 26-year reign at Old Trafford, needed emergency surgery last weekend after a fall at his home near Manchester.

It is understood that the surgery went well, with reports suggesting the Scot has been able to talk to family and friends, although there has been no official update on his condition.

United boss Mourinho declined to answer when asked on Wednesday if he had been to visit Ferguson, saying he wanted to respect the family’s wish for privacy.

However, he did say everyone at the club was optimistic that the United great would recover.

“We are confident,” said Mourinho. “The club is positive, very positive.”

Ferguson has received messages of support from around the world over the past few days, and Mourinho said that can only lift United as they prepare for Thursday’s Premier League trip to West Ham.

“I can only think that if there is any relation (to the club’s mood), it is a positive relation,” he said.

Mourinho said midfielder Michael Carrick will captain the side when he plays his final match against Watford on Sunday.

Carrick, signed by Ferguson from Tottenham in 2006, is retiring at the end of the season to join Mourinho’s coaching staff.

“He will start the last match, at Old Trafford,” said Mourinho. “For the last match of the Premier League season, as our captain in front of our fans, he will start the match against Watford.”

Mourinho said Carrick’s qualities were rare not only in football, but also in wider society.

“The most important quality is to be a man, M-A-N, capitals, a proper man,” he said. “Football is not full of them — and not just football, society is not full of them, so when you find one of them you have to value them and you have to keep them.

“The club had him for a great many years playing football and now when his body says ‘enough’, the club and myself will want to keep the man.

“Of course, he has qualities that we believe can make him a good coach and there are many ways to do the bridge between player and coaching staff.”

Top-scorer Romelu Lukaku will miss the final two league matches of the season with the ankle injury he suffered against Arsenal on April 29, but could make the FA Cup final against Chelsea a week on Saturday.

Mourinho hopes midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who has a muscle injury, will be available for the Watford match but he will be absent at West Ham.

Alexis Sanchez, though, has recovered from a groin strain and Phil Jones has recovered from recent injury problems.

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Romelu Lukaku Expresses Believe in Man U in Next Season

Romelu Lukaku believes the current Manchester United squad can win next season’s Premier League, blaming a lack of consistency rather than quality for their inability to challenge Manchester City this season.

Jose Mourinho’s men are on course to finish second in the Premier League after last season’s sixth-place finish — their highest position since Alex Ferguson bowed out as a champion in 2013.

But there is a huge gap between United and swashbuckling Premier League champions City, who sealed the title with five games to spare thanks to United’s shock home loss to beleaguered West Brom last week.

Lukaku believes the West Brom defeat is the kind of result that has cost his team but is confident the club has the strength in depth to win the title next season, even without the inevitable summer investment.

“I’m really confident in my team-mates,” he said. “I think we can do it with the team we have now but we should have showed more consistency throughout the season.

“For us now it is up to us to be more consistent and the manager needs to see if he has to add more players but with the players we have now, I think we have enough.”

United have proven their mettle by winning important games against other top sides in recent weeks, including coming from behind against Tottenham on Saturday to reach the FA Cup final.

But Lukaku, signed from Everton last year, is ultimately eyeing the Premier League title.

“Winning the FA Cup would be nice but I don’t want to talk about it. I just want to end the season well, hopefully take second and that will prepare us really well for the final.”

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Mourinho Hails United’s “Professional” Performance Vs Bournemouth, Praises Pogba

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised his players for being “professional and responsible” in Wednesday night’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The Red Devils won the game 2-0 courtesy of goals by Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku .

The win strengthened their grip on second place in the Premier League table.

Mourinho was especially pleased with how United bounced back from their 1-0 home loss to West Bromwich Albion, and paid special praise to Paul Pogba for a much-improved performance from the weekend.

“The players were good,” the Portuguese told BT Sport .

“It was a good professional performance with good effort and responsibility. There was desire to score and a desire to cope with the defensive responsibilities against a fast team.

“All of them were professional and responsible. The first ambition was to finish in the top four and now one point is probably enough. When we have that resolved we can think about third and second place.

“Everything was faster, it was simple. The players were in the right positions and not trying one more flick, one more trick. Everything was good, I am happy. Every player on the pitch was positive and put himself available for Saturday.

“I’m not very good on man of the match, I’m not a big fan of it, but Paul Pogba played very well. Against Man City he was phenomenal but today he was very, very good. A good choice.”

Man United will meet Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for a place in the FA Cup final.

City On The Verge Of Claiming The EPL, Welcomes Man Utd

Manchester City hope they can ease up their pain from the champions league loss to Liverpool by clinching the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday in record time.

Pep Guardiola’s men will become the first team in the league’s 26-year history to wrap up the title with six games to spare if they beat United at the Etihad a fitting end to a season of almost total dominance in the league.

City have maintained a 16 point gap between Mourinho’s second-placed team so it is a matter of when rather than if they wrap up the Premier League title, the first of Guardiola’s reign in England.

The runaway leaders will be desperate to reassert themselves after their chastening 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions league quarter-final at Anfield.

But the derby comes just three days before the return leg of their European tie and Guardiola faces a difficult balancing act, still believing he can overturn the Champions League deficit at the Etihad.

“Nobody believes but we have another game,” said Guardiola after the defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men. “We have to accept it and now we have United at home and then Liverpool at home.

“We see what happens. Of course it is difficult but we believe.”

United, serial winners of the Premier League under former manager Alex Ferguson, will be desperate to throw a spanner in City’s works and reclaim a modicum of pride.

City star Kevin De Bruyne knows staging their title celebrations while United are forced to watch is a delicious prospect for the club’s fans.

“These are the games you play the whole season for. It would be wonderful, something different,” he said.

“You know how it goes between City and United, you know the history, so it would be historic. The sooner we do it, the better.”

After decades of living in United’s shadow, City have changed the balance of power in Manchester firmly in their favour and are on the verge of their third title since 2012.

Having endured a disappointing first season with City, Guardiola has silenced the critics who claimed his purist principles would not work in the cut-throat Premier League, meshing his desire for a smooth passing style with an ability to compete physically.

Belgian midfielder De Bruyne has been their driving force, while David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have all played key roles.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola won his first English silverware in February when City trounced Arsenal in the League Cup final.

By then, City had already turned the title race into a lengthy coronation and it would be fitting if they complete their journey with one more record-breaking victory, even though their probable Champions League exit threatens to cast a shadow over the celebrations.

City set a record earlier this season by winning 18 successive league matches and a host of other statistical milestones are within their reach.

Currently on 84 points, the leaders are chasing Chelsea’s Premier League record tally of 95 points set in 2004-05. With 27 wins so far, they can also beat Chelsea’s high of 30 victories set last season.

United won the title by the widest margin when they took it by 18 points in 1999-2000 but that record could also fall to City, who, with 88 goals scored, have their sights set on Chelsea’s 103 netted in 2009-2010.

City’s dominance has been so overwhelming that many are already ranking them among the best teams in Premier League history, alongside the likes of Arsenal‘s “Invincibles”, who won the 2003-04 title without losing a single match, and United’s 1999 treble winners.

Yet making City wait for their place among the immortals would be some consolation for United, whose midfielder Juan Mata is well aware how important it is to show some pride.

“This game doesn’t come in an ideal situation, for there’s quite a gap of points between the two of us, but we all know that it’s a special game,” Mata said.

“We’re looking forward to playing against them and having a good performance. That’s what our fans deserve.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

City On The Verge Of Claiming The EPL, Welcomes Man Utd

Manchester City hope they can ease up their pain from the champions league loss to Liverpool by clinching the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday in record time.

Pep Guardiola’s men will become the first team in the league’s 26-year history to wrap up the title with six games to spare if they beat United at the Etihad a fitting end to a season of almost total dominance in the league.

City have maintained a 16 point gap between Mourinho’s second-placed team so it is a matter of when rather than if they wrap up the Premier League title, the first of Guardiola’s reign in England.

The runaway leaders will be desperate to reassert themselves after their chastening 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions league quarter-final at Anfield.

But the derby comes just three days before the return leg of their European tie and Guardiola faces a difficult balancing act, still believing he can overturn the Champions League deficit at the Etihad.

“Nobody believes but we have another game,” said Guardiola after the defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men. “We have to accept it and now we have United at home and then Liverpool at home.

“We see what happens. Of course it is difficult but we believe.”

United, serial winners of the Premier League under former manager Alex Ferguson, will be desperate to throw a spanner in City’s works and reclaim a modicum of pride.

City star Kevin De Bruyne knows staging their title celebrations while United are forced to watch is a delicious prospect for the club’s fans.

“These are the games you play the whole season for. It would be wonderful, something different,” he said.

“You know how it goes between City and United, you know the history, so it would be historic. The sooner we do it, the better.”

After decades of living in United’s shadow, City have changed the balance of power in Manchester firmly in their favour and are on the verge of their third title since 2012.

Having endured a disappointing first season with City, Guardiola has silenced the critics who claimed his purist principles would not work in the cut-throat Premier League, meshing his desire for a smooth passing style with an ability to compete physically.

Belgian midfielder De Bruyne has been their driving force, while David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have all played key roles.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola won his first English silverware in February when City trounced Arsenal in the League Cup final.

By then, City had already turned the title race into a lengthy coronation and it would be fitting if they complete their journey with one more record-breaking victory, even though their probable Champions League exit threatens to cast a shadow over the celebrations.

City set a record earlier this season by winning 18 successive league matches and a host of other statistical milestones are within their reach.

Currently on 84 points, the leaders are chasing Chelsea’s Premier League record tally of 95 points set in 2004-05. With 27 wins so far, they can also beat Chelsea’s high of 30 victories set last season.

United won the title by the widest margin when they took it by 18 points in 1999-2000 but that record could also fall to City, who, with 88 goals scored, have their sights set on Chelsea’s 103 netted in 2009-2010.

City’s dominance has been so overwhelming that many are already ranking them among the best teams in Premier League history, alongside the likes of Arsenal‘s “Invincibles”, who won the 2003-04 title without losing a single match, and United’s 1999 treble winners.

Yet making City wait for their place among the immortals would be some consolation for United, whose midfielder Juan Mata is well aware how important it is to show some pride.

“This game doesn’t come in an ideal situation, for there’s quite a gap of points between the two of us, but we all know that it’s a special game,” Mata said.

“We’re looking forward to playing against them and having a good performance. That’s what our fans deserve.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester United To Form Female Team

Manchester United have announced plans to form a women’s professional team after long being criticised for lagging behind their rivals.

The Premier League giants are the only top-flight club in England without a senior women’s team.

United said they had submitted an application to the Football Association to join the second tier of the Women’s Super League.

 

“We are pleased to announce that the club intends to establish its first-ever professional women’s team and has submitted an application to enter WSL2,” said Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

“The FA has provided excellent support through the process and we believe that launching a team in WSL2 would give many more of our graduates from the regional talent club the chance to establish themselves as first-team players.

“The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team and offer academy players a clear route to top-level football within the club.”

Ex-United player and current England women’s coach Phil Neville recently called on his former club to form a women’s team.

Sports minister Tracey Crouch praised Manchester United for “finally dragging themselves into the 21st century” in the House of Commons on Thursday.

Commons Speaker John Bercow, an avid Arsenal fan, chimed in, saying: “They are light years behind Arsenal.”

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Manchester United To Create Women’s Super League

Manchester United are set to establish a professional Women’s Super League

United have been widely criticised for not having an adult women’s team with many leading English clubs including Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all running sides in Super League One.

“We are pleased to announce that the club intends to establish its first ever professional women’s team,” United executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement.

“The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team and offer academy players a clear route to top level football within the club.”

 

Herrera Faces Jail Term For Alleged Match Fixing

La Liga prosecutors wants Manchester United’s star Ander Herrera jailed for match fixing as they demand a four-year prison term which they don’t want to be suspended.

The Manchester United Midfielder  was hit with a new setback on Monday after it was discovered the prosecutors wants him jailed for the match fixing crime.

Spanish state prosecutors said they wererequesting a a two-year prison sentence and six-year ban from soccer  for the midfielder and the other 35 players involved in an indictment lodged with a court in Valencia earlier this month.

Two-year prison sentences for first-time offenders in Spain are normally suspended, meaning that if Herrera was convicted of sports corruption he would probably escape jail.

But on Monday it emerged lawyers for Spain’s top league, who have also launched legal action against the footballers involved in the under-suspicion May 2011 match between Herrera’s old side Zaragoza and Levante, were demanding stiffer penalties than the state lawyers if they are found guilty of sports corruption.

Respected papers including Valencia-based daily Las Provincias said the four-year prison demands — the maximum sentence possible — were part of the indictment La Liga lawyers have lodged with Valencia’s Court of Instruction Number Eight.

The indictment is also understood to call for the same six-year worldwide soccer ban the state wants them hit with if the footballers including Herrera are convicted at a trial expected to take place at the end of this year or the start of next.

Deportivo La Coruna, the team which was relegated as a result of Zaragoza’s 2-1 away win against Levante, has yet to submit its indictment.

Sources at the club said they were unable to say when its lawyers would lodge their formal accusation in writing.

Under Spanish law lawyers for the club and La Liga can prosecute the footballers in the same courtroom as part of cases that run parallel to the state prosecution.

It is customary practice for lawyers leading parallel prosecutions to the state one to demand stiffer penalties.

La Liga press officers had yet to make an official comment on Monday afternoon.

Asked earlier this month about the reopening of the long-running case into alleged match-fixing, a La Liga spokesman said: ‘La Liga doesn’t comment on stories published in the press.

‘If we were make to an official comment, we would do it through the normal channels.’

 

Newspaper Las Provincias said La Liga lawyers are also demanding fines for the footballers of €2.9million (£2.56m) each — more than the £1.7m fines state prosecutors want them to pay if convicted.

The other footballers facing trial along with Herrera on a charge of sports corruption include Atletico Madrid star Gabi, former Middlesborough striker Cristhian Stuani and Javi Venta, who ended his career at Brentford.

Zaragoza’s then-manager Javier Aguirre and ex-owner Agapito Iglesias are also being prosecuted.

Spanish anticorruption state prosecutors have claimed in their 17-page indictment cash paid to nine Zaragoza footballers including Herrera by the club was returned in cash so it could be handed over to the Levante players.

 

 

 

Manchester United’s Strong Financial Positions Reasons For Signing Sanchez And Mourinho’s Contract Extension

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward claims the club’s strong financial position helped in contracting Alexis Sanchez a contract worth a total of £600,000-a-week.

United displaced city rivals to sign Sanchez from Arsenal last month after offering the Chile star a mouth watering deal  that includes bonuses and image rights.

United also extended Jose Mourinho’s contract that increased his earnings to an estimated £15million-a-year after winning three trophies in his first season at Old Trafford.

Manchester United claim they were able to beat Manchester City to the signature of Alexis Sanchez and pay the Chilean £600,000-a-week because of their strong financial position     +4

Manchester United claim they were able to beat Manchester City to the signature of Alexis Sanchez and pay the Chilean £600,000-a-week because of their strong financial position

Announcing the club’s latest financial results, Woodward said: ‘Our solid business model has allowed us to invest in the future of the club with the extension of Jose Mourinho’s contract as manager and entering into an exchange agreement with Arsenal, swapping Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Alexis Sanchez, strengthening Jose’s attacking options. We look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence.

 

‘On the pitch we remain second in the league and have progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup where we face Huddersfield. We have also progressed to the knockout stage of the Champions League where we will meet Seville in the round of 16.’

Woodward revealed that signing Sanchez has led to record shirt sales for a January transfer window signing at United, and more activity on social media than Neymar’s world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

He added: ‘This generated some interesting social media stats. It was the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the most shared United Facebook post ever, and the most retweeted United post ever – #alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide.

‘To put that in context, the announcement generated 75 per cent more interaction than the announcement of the sale of the world’s most expensive player last summer when Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG.

‘Alexis Sanchez has also set a new January signing record in terms of shirt sales, three times our previous record.’

United chief executive Ed Woodward, pictured with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, said he is looking forward to the remainder of the season with confidence        +4

United chief executive Ed Woodward, pictured with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, said he is looking forward to the remainder of the season with confidence

United actually made an overall loss of £29m on the quarter due mainly to the US tax reforms that saw the federal income tax rate reduced from 35 per cent to 21 per cent at the end of last year.

It has affected the majority of major companies worldwide, even those like United who only pay a fraction of their taxes in the US.

It meant the club has had to revalue deferred tax assets in America, resulting in a non-cash write-off of £48m which has pushed United into a loss but will not, they insist, have any other impact.

‘It should be beneficial to the club in the long-term, however we are still working through the details and the potential impact of the more complex aspects of the reforms,’ said United’s chief financial officer Cliff Batey.

‘The reduction in tax rate has resulted in a non-cash accounting charge of £48.8m to be recorded in the quarter. This charge relates to the write-off of a portion of deferred tax assets and is similar in nature to the write-offs reported by many other companies.

‘It’s important to reiterate that it’s a non-cash accounting charge only which has no impact on our financial competitiveness or our ability to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.’

United’s overall revenue for the quarter ending December 31, 2017, was up four per cent to £163.9million.

However, total operating expenses rose 8.1 per cent to £96.1m, with a 9.4 per cent increase in total wages attributed to player bonuses for qualifying for the Champions League.

Commercial revenue was down £1.4m, or 2.1 per cent, over the previous quarter, sponsorship revenue decreased £1.3m, or 3.2 per cent, and matchday revenue was down £1.7m, or 4.4 per cent.

 

 

 

 

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward claims the club’s strong financial position helped in contracting Alexis Sanchez a contract worth a total of £600,000-a-week.

United displaced city rivals to sign Sanchez from Arsenal last month after offering the Chile star a mouth watering deal  that includes bonuses and image rights.

United also extended Jose Mourinho’s contract that increased his earnings to an estimated £15million-a-year after winning three trophies in his first season at Old Trafford.

Manchester United claim they were able to beat Manchester City to the signature of Alexis Sanchez and pay the Chilean £600,000-a-week because of their strong financial position     +4

Manchester United claim they were able to beat Manchester City to the signature of Alexis Sanchez and pay the Chilean £600,000-a-week because of their strong financial position

Announcing the club’s latest financial results, Woodward said: ‘Our solid business model has allowed us to invest in the future of the club with the extension of Jose Mourinho’s contract as manager and entering into an exchange agreement with Arsenal, swapping Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Alexis Sanchez, strengthening Jose’s attacking options. We look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence.

 

‘On the pitch we remain second in the league and have progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup where we face Huddersfield. We have also progressed to the knockout stage of the Champions League where we will meet Seville in the round of 16.’

Woodward revealed that signing Sanchez has led to record shirt sales for a January transfer window signing at United, and more activity on social media than Neymar’s world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

He added: ‘This generated some interesting social media stats. It was the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the most shared United Facebook post ever, and the most retweeted United post ever – #alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide.

‘To put that in context, the announcement generated 75 per cent more interaction than the announcement of the sale of the world’s most expensive player last summer when Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG.

‘Alexis Sanchez has also set a new January signing record in terms of shirt sales, three times our previous record.’

United chief executive Ed Woodward, pictured with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, said he is looking forward to the remainder of the season with confidence        +4

United chief executive Ed Woodward, pictured with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, said he is looking forward to the remainder of the season with confidence

United actually made an overall loss of £29m on the quarter due mainly to the US tax reforms that saw the federal income tax rate reduced from 35 per cent to 21 per cent at the end of last year.

It has affected the majority of major companies worldwide, even those like United who only pay a fraction of their taxes in the US.

It meant the club has had to revalue deferred tax assets in America, resulting in a non-cash write-off of £48m which has pushed United into a loss but will not, they insist, have any other impact.

‘It should be beneficial to the club in the long-term, however we are still working through the details and the potential impact of the more complex aspects of the reforms,’ said United’s chief financial officer Cliff Batey.

‘The reduction in tax rate has resulted in a non-cash accounting charge of £48.8m to be recorded in the quarter. This charge relates to the write-off of a portion of deferred tax assets and is similar in nature to the write-offs reported by many other companies.

‘It’s important to reiterate that it’s a non-cash accounting charge only which has no impact on our financial competitiveness or our ability to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.’

United’s overall revenue for the quarter ending December 31, 2017, was up four per cent to £163.9million.

However, total operating expenses rose 8.1 per cent to £96.1m, with a 9.4 per cent increase in total wages attributed to player bonuses for qualifying for the Champions League.

Commercial revenue was down £1.4m, or 2.1 per cent, over the previous quarter, sponsorship revenue decreased £1.3m, or 3.2 per cent, and matchday revenue was down £1.7m, or 4.4 per cent.

 

 

 

 

Man Utd Tops Real Madrid To The World’s Richest Club

Manchester United narrowly gaps Real Madrid to maintain the top revenue-generating club in the world as Premier League sides underlined their growing financial clout, reports came in on Tuesday.

It is the 10th time United have topped Deloitte’s list, with a revenue in 2016/17 of 676 million euros ($828 million, £593 million) with united just 1.7 million euros ahead of the Spanish giants.

United on Monday confirmed the signing of Alexis Sanchez on Monday and reports are suggesting he is set to be the highest earning premier league player.

Barcelona — one of Sanchez’s former clubs — are third in the 21st edition of the list compiled by the British-based business advisory firm, followed by Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Combined revenue for the top 20 Money League clubs in the 2016/17 season grew six percent to 7.9 billion euros, a new record.

United’s Europa League victory was crucial to their financial performance, with Real Madrid’s figures boosted by winning the Champions League and their Spanish league triumph.

A record 10 English clubs feature in the top 20, generating a total revenue of 3.8 billion euros, helped by income from the first season of the current record Premier League broadcast rights deal.

Broadcast revenue is now the largest individual revenue stream for the Money League clubs, making up 45 percent of total revenue and there is increasing speculation that the likes of Amazon and Facebook could become serious players, potentially giving a fresh cash injection.

“The Deloitte Football Money League has a particularly English feel this year and with the new broadcast deal and UEFA competition performance driving broadcast revenue growth of over half a billion pounds for those in the top 20, it doesn’t come as a surprise,” said Tim Bridge, senior manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.

“As the Premier League is currently in the middle of its rights tender for the next cycle from 2019/20, the results of this will be crucial to determining the long-term composition of the Money League.”

A separate study released earlier this month showed Premier League leaders Manchester City have greater financial muscle than any other club in world football, with Arsenal second and United in seventh place.

The Soccerex Football Finance 100 ranked the world’s top teams based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, owner potential investment and debt.