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Real Madrid set to retain status as world’s richest football club

The Spanish giants have splashed the cash to create a star-studded team

By Iain Rogers

Real Madrid look certain to retain their status as the world’s richest club by income after the La Liga club’s revenue for the 2014-15 season jumped 9.4 per cent to 660.6 million euros.

Real topped Deloitte’s latest ranking of football’s biggest earners for a 10th year in 2013-14 with income of 550 million euros, with English Premier League team Manchester United climbing into second place on 518 million, according to a report published in January.

Unlike Real’s figures, the accounting firm’s exclude player transfer fees, VAT and other sales-related taxes.

According to Real’s financial results for last season, pre-tax profit rose 15.9 per cent to 55.9 million euros, while net profit was 42 million, up 9.1 per cent, they said on their website ( on Thursday. Net debt was 95.8 million euros.

Real’s dominance is partly due to the way broadcast deals have been organised in La Liga, which has also benefited their arch-rivals Barcelona.

Unlike other major European leagues, which have long used a system of collective bargaining and shared income, Spanish clubs have negotiated their own contracts.

That is changing thanks to a law introduced this year mandating collective bargaining, although it is not expected to lead to reduced revenue for Spain’s big two, at least in the short term.

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