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“The high-profile signing of David Beckham in the second half of the 2012-13 season only served to enhance the club’s worldwide profile. Importantly, commercial success off the pitch is translating into improved on-pitch performance for the club.”

Man City’s turnover increased by 17 percent to $449 million despite the Abu Dhabi-owned team failing to win a trophy last season.

Two Premier League rivals are directly below City, with Chelsea seeing turnover drop slightly to $431 million and Arsenal’s rising to $404 million.

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