Real Madrid top football rich list for fifth year

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Real Madrid have topped the league table of the world's richest football clubs for the fifth straight year, according to Deloitte's sport unit.

Its Football Money League, based on data for season 2008/09, also says Real are the first global sports team to see annual revenues top 400m euros (£357m).

Real's arch-rivals Barcelona have taken second spot in the list, ahead of Manchester United who drop to third.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

The authors said that United would have been top of the Money League if the pound was still at June 2007 levels.

But they point out that, despite exchange rate issues, seven of the top 20 in its table are from England, the other three being Tottenham (15th), Manchester City(19th), and relegated club Newcastle United (20th).

All the 20 clubs represented are from the "big five" European leagues, with Germany contributing five clubs, Italy four, and France and Spain two each.


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