Manchester United have been named the World’s Most Valuable Club, valued at 3.004 Bn Pounds.
United are followed by Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, valued at 2.895 and 2.688 Bn Pounds respectively. The study was done by KPMG analysts, taking into account the “enterprise value” of the Football clubs.
The top 10 most valuable clubs in Europe.
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Various aspects were considered including broadcasting rights, profitability, popularity, sporting potential and stadium ownership. The top 3 clubs were followed by FC Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, all valued at more than 1.2 billion. Champions League finalists Juventus and Premier League runners up Tottenham Hotspurs filled out the top 10, and also became the latest entrants into the 1 Billion league.
The fact that 6 of the top 10 were Premier League clubs indicates the dominance of English football once more. The global head of sports at KPMG, Andrea Sartori stated that the overall values of all clubs have increased over past years. “Growing football broadcasting boom, the internationalization of the clubs’ commercial operations, investment into privately-owned and modern facilities, and overall more sustainable management practices are key reasons for this growth.”
English clubs remain miles ahead in terms of media rights value, although other leagues have concrete plans in place to counter this in the near future. However, with TV rights influenced by the collective rather than the individual, this trend might take some time to pick up.
Although Spain has been the most dominant country in European competitions in recent years, United’s victory in this year’s Europa League might signal a shift in power. Germany continues to have the best supported clubs, with Borussia Dortmund once more topping the attendance charts.
The report is based on financial and non-financial information from the 2014-15 and 2015-16 football seasons.