While the German Bundesliga sees vastly higher attendances, England’s Premier League is home to 14 of the world’s top-earning football clubs, according to new data released by Deloitte.
According to the Guardian, Deloitte attributes the value of media rights deals for the Premier League as the main factor for its financial status.
The most recent agreement, which runs from the 2016-17 season to 2018-19, is worth a total of £8.4bn – a global record.
It’s closest competitor, the Bundesliga, where the average attendance is much higher than in the Premier League, the most recent four-season media rights deal is worth €4.64bn.
Manchester United is currently ranked as the top-earning club in the world after making £581m (€662.1/$810m) in the last year, while Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool also feature in the top 10.
Spanish LaLiga sides Real Madrid and Barcelona are also named in the top 10 highest-earnings clubs, along with Bayern Munich of the German Bundesliga, Juventus from Italy’s Serie A and Paris Saint-Germain from Ligue 1 in France.
Back in England’s Premier League and Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, West Ham United, Southampton and Everton all feature in the top 20, while Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Bournemouth are named among the 30 richest teams in the world.