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SBD Global/May 8, 2014/Finance

Real Madrid, Barcelona Top Forbes' List Of Most Valuable Football Clubs

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A pair of La Liga clubs -- Real Madrid and Barcelona -- are the top two most valuable fooball clubs "for the first time since Forbes began ranking" them, according to Mike Ozanian of FORBES. Real Madrid generated $675M in '12-13, the "most in the history of the sport." It is now worth $3.4B, 4% more than a year ago. Barcelona posted a revenue of $627M and is worth $3.2B, up 23% from last year. ManU is the third most valuable team. The club is worth $2.8B, down 11% during the past year "due to its substandard performance this season." ManU's $559M, seven-year kit deal with Chevrolet that begins this summer means the club will only lose $35M from missing out on the Champions League instead of $55M. Bayern Munich's value rose 41% to $1.9B. Bayern is Germany's "most popular team," with more than 4,100 FC Bayern Fan Clubs globally, including 225,000 registered fans. Bayern Munich extended its kit sponsorship deal with Deutsche Telekom through '17 "for an average of" $42M a year, tops in Germany. Two newcomers to the top 20 are Ligue 1 side Paris St. Germain, worth $415M and ranked 15th, and Süper Lig club Galatasaray, worth $347M and ranked 16th (FORBES, 5/7). For a complete list of the top 20 most valuable football clubs, click here.

The Top 10 Most Valuable Football Teams
Rank Club Country
Current Value
Revenue
1. Real Madrid
Spain
$3.4B
$675M
2.
Barcelona
Spain
$3.2B
$627M
3. ManU
England
$2.8B $551M
4. Bayern Munich
Germany
$1.9B
$561M
5.
Arsenal
England
$1.3B
$370M
6. Chelsea
England
$868M
$394M
7.
Man City
England
$863M
$411M
8. AC Milan
Italy
$856M
$343M
9.
Juventus Italy
$850M
$354M
10.
Liverpool
England
$691M
$313M
Source: Forbes
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