Anyone even remotely familiar with professional football will know that there is a lot of money involved in the industry. From ticket sales to lucrative sponsorship deals, there are many ways for the revenue to pour into the lap of any football club. Major clubs are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and there is no sight of that value ever going down in the future.
The net value of the top twenty richest football clubs has reportedly shot up by 14% in the last year. The wealthiest club as of June 2018, according to Forbes’ 15th Annual List of Most Valuable Football Teams, is once again, Manchester United. They estimated The Red Devils to be valued at 4.12 billion dollars, with a 12% rise from last year. This list predominantly consisted of English clubs, mostly due to the immense popularity of the Premier League.
The English club overtook Spanish Giants Real Madrid last year, securing the top place with $3.6 billion (2.82) to their name. This year, however, Madrid placed just below United, with a net worth of $4.08 billion, followed by Barcelona, that was valued at $4.6 billion. However, Forbes maintains that either of the two Spanish teams could take the first spot from United next year.
Deloitte, a multinational financial service network also released a report this year, known as the Football Money League, that analyses the revenue situation of European football clubs. According to the report, the company takes into consideration match day sales, broadcasting rights, and commercial sources. They too published a list of the richest football teams, and Manchester United once again came out on top. According to the list, the club generated $827.9 million in revenue at the time of analysis. According to the report, United made it to the top of the list for the second time in a row. There have been a total of 21 editions of the Money League, and The Reds have secured the #1 spot ten times previously. The club’s immense success and title wins, as well as huge sponsorship deals, added to their revenue.Tags :