Real Madrid is the world’s most valuable football club for a third straight year, according to a new Forbes poll that showed the average value of the top 20 teams has risen 11 per cent over last year.
Top 10 most valuable: (in $US billions)
1. Real Madrid $3.26
2. Barcelona $3.16
3. Manchester United $3.10
4. Bayern Munich $2.35
5. Manchester City $1.38
6. Chelsea $1.37
7. Arsenal $1.31
8. Liverpool $982
9. Juventus $837
10. AC Milan $775
The Spanish club’s value fell five per cent to $4 billion but their $936.5 million in revenue, the highest of any sports team in the world, was enough to keep them top of the list, Forbes said in a statement.
Barcelona ($3.97 billion), Manchester United ($3.89 billion), German champions Bayern Munich ($2.95 billion) and Manchester City ($1.7 billion) rounded out the top five.
Rising television and shirt sponsorship revenue helped drive the average value of the top 20 clubs to $1.46 billion, a staggering 84 per cent jump from five years ago.
Eight of the top 20 teams are from the English Premier League, which Forbes credited to both a rise in the British pound relative to the euro and US dollar and a lucrative new domestic TV deal starting from the 2016-17 season.
Serie A champions Juventus ($1.05 billion), AC Milan ($793 million), Inter Milan ($551 million) and Napoli ($443 million) are the only Italian teams to crack the top 20 but none were higher than ninth place.
Forbes said the once-great Serie A brand has been undermined over the past decade by match-fixing scandals, antiquated stadiums, rising debts and a decline in talent on the pitch.
Posted by Damian @8WDee.com.