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Soccer, Football, or Fútbol. Whatever you call it, the world's most popular sport draws billions of fanatical followers each week to domestic, continental, and global competitions. Despite the economic downturn, the world's elite clubs--all located in Europe--are still hauling in megamoney from a combination of game day ticket sales, lucrative commercial agreements, and multibillion dollar broadcasting deals. According to consultancy Deloitte, the combined revenue of the top 20 elite clubs was €4.9 billion ($5.0 billion) for the 2007-2008 season, a 6% annual increase and three times the amount reported just a decade ago.
Click on to see which soccer clubs top this year's global rankings.
(All data provided by Deloitte)