Money ball: Real beat Barca,top clubs beat downturn

Revenue at Europe’s 20 leading clubs has increased again despite the economic crisis shaking many countries across the continent,Deloitte said in a report published

Written by Agencies | London | Published:February 10, 2012 1:48 am

Revenue at Europe’s 20 leading clubs has increased again despite the economic crisis shaking many countries across the continent,Deloitte said in a report published on Thursday. Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona maintain the top two slots in Deloitte’s Football Money League,followed by Manchester United,Bayern Munich,Arsenal and Chelsea,the report said,based on revenue for the 2010-11 season.

The top 20 generated $5.83 b in revenue,more than a quarter of the total for European football. Spain has been one of the hardest hit economies by the euro crisis but Real and Barcelona are global brands that can be marketed to international viewers and sponsors.

The top 20 — who make up the world’s highest earning clubs — are drawn from the big five European leagues. Six are from England,five from Italy,four from Germany,three from Spain and two from France. The value of the Champions League was underlined as Germany’s Schalke 04,last year’s semifinalists,jumped six places to make the top 10 for the first time. Revenue at Real was $636.5 m,against $599 m for Barca and $487.2m for United. Deloitte warned that United were likely to fall more than a 100 million euros adrift of their Spanish rivals in the current year after an early exit from the Champions League.

Barca close in on King’s crown
Barcelona:
Cesc Fabregas scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Valencia 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao. Lionel Messi lobbed a long pass that Fabregas chased down and deftly chipped over goalkeeper Diego Alves for Barcelona’s 15th-minute opener. And after Sofiane Feghouli left Valencia with 10 men late on after receiving his second booking,Fabregas set up Xavi Hernandez to send Barcelona through 3-1 on aggregate.

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