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Barcelona topple Real Madrid as highest-earning football club

Barcelona tops the Deloitte Money League for the first time in history, becoming the only club to break the €800 million (US$935.9 million) revenue mark.

Barcelona are now the highest earning football team in the world. (Photo: fcbarcelona.com)

The news comes after Deloitte, the world’s largest services network, published its 23rd annual Football Money League table in 2020 and reported that the Camp Nou club generated €840.8 million (US$936 million) during the 2018 to 19 season.

As a result, the club has now surpassed rivals Real Madrid who fell to second in their post-Cristiano Ronaldo rebuilding phase.

Real Madrid is trying to rebuild itself following the departure of star player Cristiano Ronaldo. (Photo: goal.com)

The expectation is that Barca will remain number one in the 2021 standings, with the Spanish champions on course to become the first club to raise revenue of over one billion euros in the next few years.

Manchester United are in third position as the most profitable English club, even though they are not currently in the Champions League or the top four. The Reds, however, are at risk of losing their position as the Premier League’s highest revenue earner for the first time ever in next year’s edition of the Money League as Liverpool FC and Manchester City challenge for a changing of the guard.

Manchester United are the top ranked English team at third. (Photo: skysports.com)

Overall, the 20 highest-earning football clubs in the world generated a record €9.3 billion (US$10.4 billion) of combined revenue in 2018/2019, an increase of 11 per cent over the previous year.