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Highest-Earning Soccer Clubs

Currently two-thirds of the way through the 2011-2012 European soccer season, the best teams in the world will not only be competing for the prestige that comes with trophy success, but for the financial rewards it brings.

Europe’s most successful soccer teams are growing at a faster rate than the countries they represent, generating a total revenue of $5.8 billion last year, according to a new report by business advisory firm Deloitte.

During the 2010-2011 season, combined revenue for Deloitte’s "money league" clubs grew by 3 percent year-on-year, with nine of the clubs recording double-digit growth.

By comparison, the average growth rate for the European countries represented in the money league — Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK — was 1.3 percent in 2011, down from 1.7 percent the previous year.

Deloitte compares income from broadcasting, ticket sales and commercial deals, and this latest list covers revenue for the 2010-2011 season. For the fourth year running the top six clubs remained the same, with nine clubs in the top ten having maintained a position in the top half of the Money League for the last eight years.

Clubs achieving double-digit revenue growth included Barcelona, which grew by 13 percent to generate $644.1 million. It was trumped, however, by English club Tottenham Hotspur, which grew by 36 percent and beat Manchester City to grab 11th place in the league.

So which teams made the top ten? Click ahead to find out.

By Bianca Schlotterbeck
Posted 28 Feb 2012

Photo: Thomas Barwick | Photographer's Choice RF