Real Madrid named world’s highest-earning club

Real Madrid have beaten Manchester United and Barcelona to the title of world’s highest earning club after revealing their latest financial figures.

The European champions posted record revenues over the course of 2015-16, with earnings rising 7.4 per cent to €620million, eclipsing the figures recorded by Barcelona and Manchester United.

Barca’s total in the same period was €679m but included around €70m in player sales – which Madrid’s did not – while United announced earnings of €570m in September.

A club statement read: ‘Operating revenues for the financial year 2015-16, without taking into account capital gains obtained as a result of player transfers, have topped €600million euros for the first time.

‘The operating result before repayments and player transfers (‘recurring EBITDA’) has risen to €163.2m, which is the highest figure ever reached by the club.

‘This improvement in profitability is due to an increase in revenues having subtracted operating expenses and provisions corresponding to risks and contingencies.

‘A pre-tax profit of €43.3m has been recorded, which is 22.5 per cent less than the previous financial year. This is due to the non-recurrent effect of player transfers, despite the operating improvements recorded. After achieving a net profit (after tax) of €30.3m, net worth has risen to €442.2m.

‘The cash balance has risen by €102.6m to reach a figure of €211.5m, thanks to higher cash flow generated by operations and restraints on investments.

‘As a result of the increase in liquid assets and the reduction of creditor balances by investments, the net debt has fallen by €108.9m to sit at a figure of €-13.1m, which in reality represents not a debt but rather a net liquidity position.

‘Therefore, multiples of debt over EBITDA and net worth have been reduced to zero, indicating a position of maximum solvency.’

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