Dino wrote:Where do you get all that? And where the feck did I say we are in financial ruin?!
Thanx for enlighting me regarding that list. If you were here longer you`d probably have know that I was the first who actually posted revenue and income lists on fcbes. We are still behind both ManUtd, and whats more important, Real Madrid. And in both revenue and operating income. As a matter a fact Madrid even made more money than us 2 years ago when we took La Liga and they won zilch.
And that we do have a larger stadium and had better players aka shirt sales superstars. So that leaves us with single conclusion. Madrid are better in marketing than us. Period.
Please read my posts carefuly next time. Financial ruin, gimme a break. World isn`t black and white you know
Sorry for the misunderstanding Sir.
But does it really matter that Barca isn't as rich as Man Utd and Real Madrid. I think what matters in success on the pitch, yes the past two season have been miserable and I hope Pep can motivate the squad and that the boys will give a good account of themselves. What's important now is that everyone gets behind the squad.
As for Man Utd, no doubt there the best at marketing, their brand all over the world is just massive, especially in Asia. They were really the first club to penetrate the massive Asian market, using Beckham as their "poster boy". No doubt the marketing power of the EPL does give English clubs a huge advantage over the Spanish and Italian counterparts. For me la liga has the best quality football, but the Spanish federation manages it incredibly poorly, with last minute changes of venues and all that. With better management no doubt the league will become "richer" as a whole. So Barca and Madrid have done really well to compete for the football money with the English clubs.
As for Madrid being the richest club in the world (according the rich list), this was down to the shrewdness of Florentino Perez, the sale of Madrid's old training-ground was a master-stroke financially wise and more significantly the purchase of David Beckham, one of the most famous people (let alone footballers) on the planet. Beckham made Madrid millions upon millions and significantly increased their marketing power. As for Barca, well Ronaldinho made us millions too and now Messi is seen as the "global star" to get the club's image out there. But neither has the marketing power of Beckham. I mean thousands flock (many of them young teenage girls who have no interest in the sport of football whatsoever) to shopping mall just to see Beckham launch some sort of fragrance.