LONDON — Real Madrid and Barcelona are football's biggest moneymakers for the third straight year and look set to out-earn their rivals for the foreseeable future.
The annual review of football finance by Deloitte shows Madrid topping the list for the seventh straight year with revenue of 479.5 million ($636.5 million) to the year ending June 30, an increase of 9 percent on the previous 12 months.
One more year at the top would equal Manchester United's No. 1 streak from 1997-2004, but the accountancy firm says on-field success could push Barcelona ahead next year.
Barcelona trails Madrid by seven points in the Spanish league but its income increased 13 percent to €450.7 million ($598.3 million) and it could go up further if it retains its Champions League title.