Most Lucrative Boxing Matches

Critics argue the big boxing matches have become nothing but glitzy show events drowned in money. The latest fight of Floyd Mayweather against Conor McGregor stands to be the most lucrative fight as of yet, grossing at an half a billion dollars in total revenue, which probably is a conservative estimate for this bout. Though the actual prize money the boxers take home is lower, the below chart indicates that Mayweather won’t have to worry about his pension. The 40-year-old claims the fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas was his last one.

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Manchester United Tops Football Rich List

Manchester United may not be on top of the Premier League table right now, but in purely commercial terms, the team from the North West of England is once again on top of the world. Thanks to a 33 percent revenue increase in the 2015/16 season, the 20-time English league champions leapfrogged Barcelona and Real Madrid to the top of Deloitte’s Football Money League 2017. Manchester United earned $736 million over the course of the past season, largely thanks to the club’s appeal as a global sports brand. The arrivals of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and charismatic manager José Mourinho in the past summer will likely help United to make even more money off the football pitch, even if it looks like they won’t be competing for the Premier League title this season.

In its annual ranking, published for the twentieth time this year, Deloitte ranks the largest football clubs around the world in terms of (non-transfer) revenues including matchday revenue (mostly ticket sales), revenue from broadcasting rights as well as revenue from other commercial activities (e.g. sponsorship deals, merchandising).

Interestingly, Manchester United also topped the Money League table when it was first published in 1996/97. Back then, the club’s revenue amounted to roughly $110m, illustrating how vastly the financial landscape of professional football (or soccer) has changed since the turn of the millennium.

This chart ranks the world’s largest football clubs in terms of non-transfer revenue generated in the 2015/16 season.

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Major League Soccer’s Best-Paid Players

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The Portland Timbers won the MLS Cup at the end of the season but who were the biggest winners off the pitch? Kaka of Orlando City SC was the best-paid player in the MLS with a salary of $7.2 million. Two players from Toronto FC, Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley came second and third with $7.1 and $6.5 million respectively. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, two stalwarths of the English game have also enjoyed a lucrative time in the states, earning about $6 million each.

This chart shows the annual salary of MLS players in 2016.

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