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Spanish clubs remain top, Manchester United slipping down the table… in the Deloitte money league

Jan 23, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Busquets, Cristiano Ronaldo AP

How much money did your club make this year? It’s a big deal in the high-currency world of soccer and it seems easier to make a big rise than a big fall, as evidenced by the jumps of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in the past few seasons.

Yet in this fiscal climate, a club can make more money and still drop in the Deloitte rankings of highest-earning teams in world soccer. While Manchester United improved its earnings by more than 20 million pounds in 2013, they’ve slipped a spot in the table.

No. 4 overall last year, the Red Devils are now rounding out the Top Five. Who’s in front of them? Real Madrid and Barcelona are still Nos. 1 and 2, while PSG and Bayern Munich are also ahead of United.

It’s not as bad as it may seem to some Premier League fans, with only one club in the Top Five. Why? Well, PL clubs make up the next four spots after United as well, as Man City hits No. 6, Chelsea No. 7, Arsenal No. 8 and Liverpool No. 9. Thanks, TV!

Spurs are No. 14, and Deloitte revealed their beliefs that several more English clubs could make the jump into the Top 20 next year due to the increasing television rights for Premier League matches. Everton, Newcastle and West Ham are tabbed as favorites to enter the fray.

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