Man United Regain Status As World’s Most Valuable Football Club
By iSportconnect | April 19, 2012
English Premier League giants Manchester United have maintained their position as the world’s most valuable football club, according to Forbes magazine.
The club are worth a combined £1.4bn, which cemented their place as top of the list for the eights consecutive season.
Spain also fared well in the rankings with La Liga leaders Real Madrid ranked in second placed at £1.17bn, while Champions League holders Barcelona slightly below in third place with £1.07bn.
“Manchester United’s global fan base of 330m helps make them the most valuable team in any sport,” said Forbes.com.
The rest of the list includes Bayern Munich and Arsenal making up the top five, while Chelsea and Liverpool are ranked in seventh and eighth place.
The rest of England’s elite saw Tottenham Hotspur being ranked in 11th place, and big spending Manchester City up to 13th in the list.
Forbes also revealed Manchester United are worth more than both Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, while the club’s run to last year’s Champions League final, where they lost to Barcelona, commanded a £50m payout from Uefa.
The research added: “The top teams on the pitch are going to continue to get richer. This year’s Champions League payout will be higher than 2011 for the 32 tournament teams.”