Money plays a major role in modern football, there is no doubt about that. Commercial revenue, jersey sales, and advertisement contracts have long trumped the traditional means of mere stadium and matchday revenues.
As a result, bigger revenues would ensure that clubs are able to make adequate spending, particularly in the transfer windows.
Bossing in this regard for the second year in a row are Manchester United, who have acquired the top spot in the Deloitte Football Money League 2018, which keeps tabs on the revenues amassed by top clubs.
With a whopping total revenue of £581 million being generated, it is no wonder that the Red Devils were able to finance a move that saw Alexis Sanchez become the top paid player in the Premier League, with a contract that, despite the straight swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, went well into the big figures.
The Mancunian giants beat second-placed Real Madrid by just £1.5 million, which was an effect of Jose Mourinho’s side winning the Europa League last season. The margin was also the closest in the history of the Money League.
Forming part of the rest of the top five were Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City, all showing revenues well over £500 million. The Premier League was the stand-out competition in the top twenty, with ten of its outfits making a stand, including debutant Southampton.
This list goes on to show just how much of an impact money can potentially have on the functioning and the future of clubs. So next time a transfer seems overpriced, assume that the club can probably afford it due to the kind of coffers they boast of.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.