Real Madrid and Barcelona are world football's biggest moneymakers as Man United slips to 3rd



Posted Tuesday, March 02, 2010 by nbcnews.com

LONDON - Real Madrid and Barcelona are again the biggest moneymakers in world football.

The Spanish rivals took first and second place in Deloitte's annual study of the sport's finances, with English champion Manchester United slipping a place to third because of the weakness of the British pound rather than its 716.5 million-pound (euro790 million; US$1.07 billion) debt.

According to the report released Tuesday by British accountancy firm Deloitte, Madrid generated euro401.4 million in the 12 months to June 30, 2009.

European champion Barcelona was ranked second in the list of 20 biggest clubs according to revenue with euro365.9 million, moving up a place to return to the position it occupied two years ago.

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