Newcastle 20th Most Valuable Football Club In The World

Manchester United have been knocked off the top of Forbes’ list of the most valuable football clubs in the world, for the first time ever, and Newcastle are in 20th place.


Manchester United had been at the top every year since Forbes started compiling the list back in 2004, but they have been overtaken by Spanish giants Real Madrid, the club that (rather luckily) knocked them out of the Champions League last month.

Newcastle United have been ranked number 20 on the list of the top most valuable football clubs in the world.

Real Madrid are at the top with an estimate value of $3.3B (£216.3B), with the Red Devils second on $3.165 (£2,07B), Barcelona third on $2.6B (£1.7B) and Arsenal next on $1,326 (£869M).

Newcastle are in 20th place with a value of $263M (£172M), and that’s a 9% increase year over year.

This is what Forbes said in the report to be issued on May 9th:

“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.

“According to this year’s soccer valuations, the top 20 teams are worth an average of $968M (£634M), an increase of 26% over last year.

Forbes estimates the values based on equity and debt, that are multiples of revenue the teams get from television, attendance, media, licensing, merchandise and concessions.

The Premier League clubs’ values are likely to rise next year with the new TV deal, which is 70% higher than the one that will run out at the end of this season.

Bayern Munich are 5th in the rankings, AC Milan 6th, Chelsea 7th, Juventus 8th, Manchester City 9th and Liverpool complete the top ten.

David Beckham is surprisingly still the highest-earning footballer with earnings of £33M, but £29M of that came from endorsements.

Real Madrid’s Ronaldo (only £28.8M) is second, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in third place with a total of £26M last year from wages and endorsements.

As a contrast to American clubs – the NY Yankees have been valued at $2.3B by Forbes this month – so the famous NY baseball club would be in 4th place on the football list.

Only a few months ago Newcastle were also placed 20th by Deloitte, based only on the revenues generated by football clubs.

So it seems Newcastle are doing something right – now if only we can stay in the Premier League. 😀

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9 comments so far

  • numba9

    Apr 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Success on the pitch means healthy club. Let’s not go back to scrimping and shoestring buys . We have a good base to build from. A few additions in summer we will be a force . Hopefully new manager too

  • Sack Llambias

    Apr 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Looking to the end of the season and changes to take the club forward.
    Widely agree that changes need to be made from top to bottom on the playing side. There is a cull at youth level every season but it’s time to see who has not met targets set and is no longer likely to reach a level to be a premiership player. A real clearing of the decks. Also on the physio side we have Derek Wright who started at the toon during KK’s last season as a player. Personally I would trade him for Eva Carneiro who is absolutely gorgeous.
    Talking of obsessives! If it’s not you on a loop it’s bullying ????Mark.
    Give it a rest man. You’ve got no excuse to play your silly immature games given the wizard episode.


    Apr 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3


  • croftus5678

    Apr 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    on mbiwa i agree he’s not shown his best at the toon just yet but the prem is a hard league to learn for defenders as they are up against a lot of world class strikers ect.(it took colo a while to adapt also)

    he will come good and imo should be captain as he’s proven he is competant with captaincy and copes with it very well and imo cabaye is not a leader on the pitch.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 18, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Bring Back JK all is forgiven 🙂

  • stuart no9

    Apr 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #6

    being the 20th most valuble club in the world obviously dosnt reflect on the team we have at present.
    it seems hard to believe that the 20th most valuble team in the world hasnt won a cup in over 55 years. wow.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Apr 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    you have to wonder if ashley will sell the club now as with next years increase in sky money you would think its an ideal time thats if we stay up.

  • Owldman

    Apr 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree about the captaincy.It seems to be affecting Cabye, I also think he is carrying an injury, if we’re safe after the next two games we should send him home for the rest of the season to recuperate, he hasn’t been the same player since his last injury.

  • Owldman

    Apr 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Oh how the mighty have fallen,Liverpool have now decided that a committee will decide what players they buy and not the manager.Seems to me that they have learnt their lesson from King Kennys transfer dealings or have they ? who is to say that this committee will do any better than he did, wonder what Mr Rodgers thinks of that,


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