Manchester United enjoyed the biggest revenue of any European club in the last financial year after a thirty percent increase propelled them above Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, UEFA say.
In an annual report, UEFA in the European Club Football Landscape report said revenues among Europe’s seven hundred-odd top-flight clubs totalled eighteen point five billion euros for 2016.
This is in comparison to 16.9 billion the year before and 2.8 billion in 1996. However, the report acknowledged that nearly half that amount — 9.1 million euros — was generated by 30 clubs. It also noted that the financial gap between the elite ones and the rest was increasing. English Premier League television revenues were now such that mid-table Bournemouth earned the same as three-times European champions Inter Milan. Manchester United’s revenue for 2016 was 689 million euros, compared to 521 million euros in 2015, the report said