FOOTBALL – The Deloitte Money League has been released and unsurprisingly, the Euro Club Index ranking, which rates clubs based on performance, is highly correlated with this annual ranking of wealth. Four of the top-five clubs on the Deloitte list are also in the Euro Club Index top-10. Manchester United are the big exception at third in the Money League but ranked only 13th by the Euro Club Index. Another Premier League club, Liverpool, are the ninth richest in the world but are currently only just hanging onto a place in the Euro Club Index top-25. All nine Premier League clubs in Deloitte’s top-20 richest are ranked lower by the Euro Club Index.
Eight of the top-20 clubs on the Money League are at least 10 places lower in the Euro Club Index. Five of those are from the Premier League with only Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea’s on-field performances reflecting their place in the wealth league. Schalke 04, AC Milan and Internazionale are also underperforming in matches compared to their wealth.
Along with the nine Premier League clubs, the top-20 of the Money League contains four Serie A clubs, three from La Liga, three from the Bundesliga and one from Ligue 1. Atlético Madrid is the only one of the top-20 to be ranked at least 10 places higher on the Euro Club Index.
The Euro Club Index is an objective ranking of Europe’s football clubs developed by Infostrada Sports and Hypercube which is updated on a daily basis. You can access the website at http://www.euroclubindex.com for the current rankings of all top flight European clubs as well as odds for matches and league projections. The methodology behind the ranking is also explained at the website. The ranking can also be followed on Twitter: @euroclubindex.