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Manchester United top revenue money league

Manchester United topped the latest revenue money league according to a report published by Deloitte.

This is the first time in 11 years that someone other than Real Madrid have topped the revenue table and the first time that Manchester United have topped the table since the 2003-04 season. Figures show that Manchester United accumulated a record revenue of £515 million during the 2015-16 season. The commercial revenue figures Manchester United grew £71 million compared with the previous year.

The combined revenue for the top 20 clubs for the 2015-16 season grew by 12% to £6.41 billion which is a new record.

Real Madrid have dropped down to third place behind Spanish rivals Barcelona, who remain in second spot.

Manchester City have climbed to fifth place after generating £392.6 million, an increase from £352.6m during the previous season and is the first ever time they have made the top 5.

The top 20 revenue clubs contain eight English clubs with English clubs totaling £2.4 billion. Last seasons champions, Leicester City, have made the top 20 for the first time having generated a revenue of £128 million.

The other English clubs which make the top 20 are Arsenal (7th), Chelsea (8th), Liverpool (9th), Tottenham (12th) and West Ham (18th).

Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said Manchester United's record revenues were achieved by "phenomenal commercial revenue growth".

He added: "In recent years, their ability to secure commercial partnerships with value in excess of that achievable by their peers has been the crucial factor in enabling the club to regain their place at the top of the money league. That said, they'll face strong competition from Barcelona and Real Madrid to retain the top spot in next year's edition, due to the lack of Champions League football, the weakening of the pound against the euro and, over the longer term, as other clubs enter the commercial market demanding similar deals, using United as the precedent."

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