Man U return to top on Forbes' Most Valuable Soccer Teams list

Laura Christensen
June 7, 2017

Manchester United are now the most valuable football team in the world after passing Real Madrid on Forbes' 2017 football rich list.

They reached the top for the first time in five years and their worth is estimated at $3.69 billion (3.27 billion euros).

Six of the top 10 clubs on the list were Premier League clubs, with Manchester City ($2.08bn) fifth, Arsenal ($1.93bn) sixth, Chelsea ($1.85bn) seventh, Liverpool ($1.49bn) eighth and Tottenham ($1.06bn) 10th.

Reflecting on the same, Mike Ozanian, assistant managing editor at Forbes Media, said, "Manchester United's return to the top spot is a testament to their powerful brand and marketing acumen". "Manchester United generated revenue of $765 million during the 2015-16 season, $77 million more than both Barcelona and Real Madrid".

The Red Devils are also the most profitable football club on the planet with an operating income of $288m, well above second-placed Real Madrid's $181m income.

The 32-year-old helped his side to an unprecedented retention of the Champions League trophy last season, as well as wrapping up the La Liga title to make it a first double in 59 years, as he passed the 400-goal milestone for the Spanish outfit.

They now have 26 global sponsorship deals, including with adidas, Chevrolet, 20th Century Fox and Uber, as well as 10 regional sponsorship deals and 28 other media and financial sponsors.

Italian giants Juventus - beaten by Real Madrid in last weekend's Champions League final - came in ninth with $1.26 billion.

As per Forbes's 14th Annual List of the "World's Most Valuable Soccer Teams", the top 20 rank holders this year are worth an average of $1.48 billion, 3 percent more than one year ago.

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