Newcastle United have tonight confirmed Rafa Benitez will stay and lead the club in the Championship next season.

When confirming his stay, Rafa has made clear that the support he experienced from the supporters has been a key factor in his decision.

In a table of the best supported clubs in Europe, it is easy to see why the Newcastle fans have had such an impact.

Despite years of neglect from Mike Ashley, mismanagement that saw the club relegated only seven years ago, near misses in 2012/13 and 2014/15…

Then finally yet another relegation this past season, despite Rafa Benitez’ best efforts when he was brought in far too late.

Despite United spending almost the entire year in the relegation zone, Newcastle’s place in this list of best supported European clubs is staggering.

This table of the 20 best supported clubs in Europe this season was compiled by WorldFootball.Net.

The average home league attendance is on the left and each club’s domestic league position on the right (some of the German clubs have mad fans as well!):

81,178 Borussia Dortmund (2nd)

78,881 Barcelona (1st)

75,286 Manchester United (5th)

75,006 Bayern Munich (1st)

69,736 Real Madrid (2nd)

61,386 Schalke (4th)

59,944 Arsenal (2nd)

54,041 Manchester City (4th)

53,700 Hamburger SV (10th)

51,983 Stuttgart (17th)

51,715 Borussia Monchengladbach (4th)

49,754 Newcastle United (18th)

49,704 Hertha Berlin (7th)

49.452 Benfica (1st)

49,201 Ajax (2nd)

48,676 Cologne (9th)

47,412 Feyenoord (3rd)

46,676 Eintracht Frankfurt (16th)

46,160 PSG (1st)

46,108 Celtic (1st)