Aston Villa have been named as one of the richest clubs in world football alongside the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

Figures released by Deloitte in the ‘Deloitte Football Money League’ shows The Villans to be the 22nd richest side in world football, which is in fact, one place down from last season with Villa turning over £116.2-million.

Villa are not alone in the top 30 with local rivals, West Bromwich Albion also making the top 30, but only for the first time.

In the financial year of 2014, Villa made a loss of £3-million as they tightened the purse strings at Villa Park.

16 other Premier League sides also make the top 30 with the new television broadcast deals starting to come into play. Villa sit just above French side, Marseille and just below West Ham United.

The table illustrates why it is vital to remain in the Premier League.