Forbes Most Valuable Football Team: Manchester United Named World’s Richest Club
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The club’s worth has been recorded at an all-time high of $3.69 billion. Despite the club’s failure to finish in the top four, United have still been ranked above Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
United generated revenues of £593million during the 2015/16 campaign which was £60m more than both Spanish clubs.
According to the US business magazine, Barcelona have a current value of £2.82bn, while the big surprise is Real Madrid dropping down from first to third, despite winning La Liga and Champions League and are worth £2.77bn.
Madrid have led the way for the last four years but they are now looking up the table as United surge ahead of them according to the latest findings.
The Red Devils generate an operating income of £223m which is by far the most profitable football club in the world and £83m more than Real Madrid.
“Manchester United’s return to the top spot is a testament to their powerful brand and marketing acumen,” said Mike Ozanian, assistant managing editor at Forbes Media.
Forbes’ top 10 world’s most valuable football teams:
1) Manchester United – US$3.69bn (£2.86bn)
2) Barcelona – $3.64bn (£2.82bn)
3) Real Madrid – $3.58bn (£2.77bn)
4) Bayern Munich – $2.71bn (£2.10bn)
5) Manchester City – $2.08bn (£1.61bn)
6) Arsenal – $1.93bn (£1.50bn)
7) Chelsea – $1.85bn (£1.43bn)
8) Liverpool – $1.49bn (£1.15bn)
9) Juventus – $1.26bn (£980m)
10) Tottenham – $1.06bn (£820m)