Manchester United the World’s Most Valuable Football Club

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Forbes valued the Barclays Premier League champion at US$2.235 billion, a 20% increase on last year. United has topped the list since it first began in 2004 and its global fan base of some 330 million grants it the title of sport’s most valuable team, $385 million ahead of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys.

Forbes’ figures for the 2010-11 season stated that the team’s run to the UEFA Champions League final brought a 22% rise in broadcast revenue to $192 million. However, the club’s early exit from this season’s competition will affect next year’s figures.

Real Madrid boosted its value by 29% to $1.877 billion. Real posted the highest operating income of Forbes’ top 20, $214 million, $36 million more than second-placed United. This was boosted by commercial revenues of $250 million, second only to Bayern Munchen, thanks to major deals with the likes of Adidas, Emirates and Bwin.

Real’s bitter La Liga rival FC Barcelona took third position with a valuation of $1.307 billion (+34%). Barcelona’s defeat of United in the Champions League final allowed it to secure a broadcast revenue high of $266 million, while the impact of its new shirt sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation will boost its position further next year.

Arsenal was positioned fourth with a value of $1.292 billion (+8%), with Bayern narrowly behind it on $1.235 billion (+18%). These figures came despite a disappointing season for the German giant on the pitch, with Bayern finishing third in the 1.Bundesliga and exiting the Champions League at the first knockout stage.

However, Bayern is No.1 on the commercial front and Forbes reports it pulled in $258 million in 2010-11, $36 million alone coming through its partnership with Adidas.

The remainder of the top 10 comprised AC Milan ($989 million, +18%), Chelsea ($761 million, +16%), Liverpool ($619 million, +12%) and Juventus ($591 million, -8%). The Bundesliga’s Schalke 04 occupied 10th spot with a massive gain in valuation of 56% ($587 million). This was assisted by its surprise run to the Champions League semi-finals last season. [Source: Sport Business]

2012 Forbes’ list of the Most Valuable Football Clubs

1. Manchester United – 2,235 Million USD
2. Real Madrid – 1,877 Million USD
3. FC Barcelona – 1,307 Million USD
4. FC Arsenal London – 1,292 Million USD
5. FC Bayern Munich – 1,235 Million USD
6. AC Milan – 989 Million USD
7. Chelsea FC – 761 Million USD
8. Liverpool FC – 619 Million USD
9. Juventus Torino – 591 Million USD
10. FC Schalke 04 – 587 Million USD
11. Tottenham Hotspurs – 564 Million USD
12. Internazionale Milan – 490 Million USD
13. Manchester City – 443 Million USD
14. Borussia Dortmund – 394 Million USD
15. Olympique Lyonnais – 385 Million USD
16. Hamburger SV – 355 Million USD
17. AS Roma – 354 Million USD
18. Olympique Marseille – 349 Million USD
19. FC Valencia – 288 Million USD
20. SSC Napoli – 283 Million USD

Karl Lusbec



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