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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