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Football: United out of top three in 'rich list' for first time, Bayern take their place

Published on Jan 23, 2014 6:49 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United's on-field problems were compounded on Thursday when the faltering English champions dropped out of the top three of the world's top-earning clubs for the first time.

Dramatically knocked out of the League Cup on penalties by Premier League strugglers Sunderland in front of a stunned Old Trafford crowd on Wednesday and 14 points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal, United fell to fourth in the latest Deloitte Football Money League behind leaders Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich based on income during the 2012-13 season.

International financial services firm Deloitte have been compiling the table since 1997 and for the first eight years United were the biggest-earning club in the world.

However, they've since been overtaken by Spanish giants Real and Barcelona and now Bayern following the German club's impressive treble-winning season.

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