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Spain's Real Madrid have once again been crowned the world's richest football club in an annual survey compiled by the accountancy firm Deloitte. Germany's Bayern Munich finished among the top three.
Real Madrid defended the top spot in a survey of the world's richest football clubs on Thursday, finishing ahead of other financial heavyweights Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
According to the latest Football Money League survey from professional services company Deloitte, Real logged 549.5 million euros ($636 million) in revenue for the 2013-2014 season, putting them in first place for the 10th consecutive year.
The 30.6 million-euro season-on-season turnover hike mostly came from increases in broadcast and commercial income, with Real actually becoming the first club to pass the 200 million-euro threshold for broadcast revenue, the report noted.
Barcelona stays behind
"The club's continued success on the field is complemented by its financial strength and their accomplishment emphasizes their position as the most successful European club side of all time," said Deloitte partner Dan Jones.
Manchester United rose to second in the rankings, maintaining their commercial growth during its worst ever Premier League campaign, while Barcelona dropped from second to fourth during a trophyless 2014.
Bayern Munich of Germany placed third in the table after having generated 487.7 million euros in the season under review. Overall, the revenue of the world's 20 richest clubs totaled 6.2 billion euros, a season-on-season increase of 800 million euros.
hg/cjc (dpa, Reuters)