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Everton finish in top 20 of Deloitte Money League

2013-14 league finish catapults Blues into the 20th spot.

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For the first time in almost ten years, Everton have finished in the top 20 of the Deloitte Money League. The annual list profiles "the highest earning clubs in the world's most popular sport," according to the company's website.

The Liverpool Echo attributes the Blues' 20th-place finish to "a significant hike in broadcast revenue from the first season of a three-year Premier League television deal with Sky and BT Sport" as well as "a club-record profit of £28.2m."

Last year's fifth-place Premier League finish and qualification for Europa League allowed Everton manager Roberto Martinez to purchase striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, as well as other key players. The 2014/15 season, however, has been a disappointment, with the Toffees currently in twelfth place on the Premier League table.

Real Madrid finished first in the rankings. Other Premier League clubs in the top 20 included: Manchester United in 2nd, Manchester City in the 6th spot, followed by Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool, respectively. Spurs took the 13th place, while Newcastle finished in 19th, and Everton rounded out the top-20.