American mag, Forbes, has compiled a list of the world’s most valuable football teams, with some surprise movements. After many years with the crown, Man U has been knocked off the top spot.
The top five were as follows:
- Real Madrid ($3.3bn)
- Manchester United ($3.17bn)
- Barcelona ($2.6bn)
- Arsenal ($1.33bn)
- Bayern Munich ($1.31bn)
We’re not sure how seriously we take an American view on the world of football, a nation which insists on calling the beautiful game ‘soccer’. Plus Forbes only started doing these rankings in 2004. It’s hardly the Deloitte Sports Business Group, is it?
Still a statement to accompany the findings said: ‘This is the first time since Forbes began valuing soccer teams in 2004 that Manchester United is not No 1 on the list. Real Madrid has been consistently delivering the highest revenues of any soccer team in the world, despite an intense economic meltdown in Spain.
‘With superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch, and coach Jose Mourinho on the bench, Real Madrid has thrived under the leadership of billionaire president Florentino Perez.’
A couple of other interesting stats included that the top 20 teams are worth an average of £634m each, which is a massive 26% increase on last year’s figures; David Beckham is the highest earner (£33); and Manchester City’s value has increased by an enormous 56% compared with last year.
Food for thought for the Man U management of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill. We wonder if Fergie will get on the blower and deliver one of his famous 'hairdryer' moments to the authors?