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English clubs rule the roost with TV and ticket money


Leicester City's new signing Andrej Kramaric

Leicester City's new signing Andrej Kramaric


Leicester City's new signing Andrej Kramaric

Andrej KRAMARIC may have wanted to play in England because he has always admired the Premier League, similarly Philipp Wollscheid and Carles Gil.

It is possible that foreign players enjoy the atmosphere in English grounds and the fact they are rarely pestered socially. But there may be another reason these players respectively joiWned Leicester City, Stoke City and Aston Villa this month - one that is underlined by today's publication of football's rich list.

So huge are the television deals now negotiated by the Premier League that all 20 teams feature in football's 40 highest-earning clubs. West Ham United take more cash than Roma, Stoke City bring in more than Lazio, Sunderland outperform Porto.

This is hardly surprising when the bottom club in the top flight will pick up around £60m in broadcast revenue alone. Then, there is gate money - admission prices in England are among the highest in Europe - corporate income and merchandising.

The likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain still generate large sums, but that is partly because in other leagues the bigger clubs have carved themselves out a much larger slice of their domestic broadcasting revenue pie, and are dominant brands in a less competitive market.

This helped Real Madrid maintain their position at the top of the annual Rich List put together by Deloitte.

Real, who won the Champions League, had revenues of €549.5m (£459.5m), a 6 per cent increase on the previous season.

However, with revenues of £433.2m, Manchester United moved back into second place ahead of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, despite a miserable campaign.

Irish Independent