Manchester United – Top of the league!

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Manchester United – Top of the league!

By Richard Piggford © Richard Piggford (June 10th 2017)

Topping the Food Chain

Manchester United have overtaken Spanish giants Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable football team, according to business magazine Forbes.

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United, a powerhouse in English football, were valued at $3.69bn (£2.86bn) and returned to the top of the annual list for the first time in five years. Real Madrid, were actually leap-frogged into second place by El-Classico rival Barçelona, who gained second place with a worth of $3.64bn (£2.82bn) as Real $3.58bn (£2.77bn) slipped down to third. That happened despite Real Madrid winning both the Spanish league title and becoming the first club to retain the Champions League.

English Riches

Six English clubs, found themselves within the global elite top 10, with Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham joining United. German champions Bayern Munich were fourth, while Italian title winners and Champions League finalists Juventus were ninth.

Real, who had an even more successful season under Zinédine Zidane than they enjoyed last season, had been top for the past four years but saw their value drop by 2% as Europa League and League Cup winners, United’s went up by 11%.

“Manchester United’s return to the top spot is a testament to their powerful brand and marketing acumen,” Forbes Media assistant managing editor Mike Ozanian said in a statement.

Leicester City, fresh on the back of winning the English Premier League in 2015-16, were 19th, having seen revenue increase rapidly, no doubt helped by a successful Champions League campaign, whilst West Ham United reaped the rewards of moving to the Olympic Stadium, climbing to 15th worldwide.

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Despite a disastrous season that saw three coaches sacked, Internazionale remain on the list, the fourth of five Italian teams. Three German teams make it, but despite winning the French title and reaching the semi-final of the Champions League, AS Monaco did not – only PSG made the list from Ligue Un. Three Spanish teams make it too, but there is no place for the thrice consecutive Europa League winners, Sevilla. No other countries are represented on the list.

Forbes’ top 20 most valuable football teams

1   Manchester United $3.69bn (£2.86bn)

2   Barçelona $3.64bn (£2.82bn)

3   Real Madrid $3.58bn (£2.77bn)

4   Bayern Munich $2.71bn (£2.1bn)

5   Manchester City $2.08bn (£1.61bn)

6   Arsenal $1.93bn (£1.5bn)

7   Chelsea $1.85bn (£1.43bn)

8   Liverpool $1.49bn (£1.15bn)

9   Juventus $1.26bn (£976m)

10 Tottenham $1.06bn (£821m)

11  Paris St-Germain $841m (£652m)

12 Borussia Dortmund $808m (£626m)

13 AC Milan $802m (£621m)

14 Atlético Madrid $732m (£567m)

15 West Ham $634m (£491m)

16 Schalke 04 $629m (£487m)

17 Roma $569m (£441m)

18 Inter Milan $537m (£416m)

19 Leicester City $413m (£320m)

20 Napoli $379m (£294m)

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar June 23, 2017 14:09