Manchester United Replace Real Madrid As World’s Most Valuable Club

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Manchester United may have failed to finish in the top four for the last two seasons but have been named the most valuable club in the world.

Professional services firm KPMG’s latest study has United ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona despite the Glazer-owned club owing almost half a billion pounds of debt.

The rich list saw a number of English clubs lead the charge with six of the top ten richest sides competing in the Premier League.

The English game’s growing financial muscle is highlighted in the second year of KPMG’s report.

The study looked at the finances of 39 clubs based on their popularity on social media channels, revenues for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, and success in European competitions.

The clubs were then ranked by a measure used judge how much it would cost to buy any given club as it includes a business’s total debt.

Despite two relatively disappointing seasons on the pitch between 2014 and 2016, United’s value surged clear of Real Madrid and Barcelona last year, becoming the first club to break the 3billion euros (£2.7billion) mark for enterprise value.

Bayern Munich remain in fourth place, while Manchester City edge past Arsenal to take fifth spot, both with enterprise values of just under £1.7billion.

Alisher Usmanov’s recently rebuffed bid for the latter valued the North London club at £1.54billion.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus and Spurs fill the next four positions, which means six of the 10 are from the Premier League.

In a statement, KPMG’s global head of sports Andrea Sartori said the figures show the growth in the game underpinned by the broadcasting boom and more sustainable management models.

Last year’s Premier League winners Leicester City (16th) and Everton (17th) are the two other English clubs to make KPMG’s top 32, with Scottish champions Celtic being among seven non-ranked ‘runners up’.

With eight teams in the top 32, English clubs lead the way, a trend that should only continue next year as the Premier League’s improved 2016-19 domestic TV deal is reflected in the accounts, as well as the increased overseas broadcast deals and commercial revenues.

For example, English clubs hold five of the top 10 positions for shirt-sponsorship revenue, too, with United in first place, ahead of Barca, Bayern, Chelsea and Real.

In fact, the Premier League would be even more dominant in an enterprise value table that did not take into account UEFA’s five-year coefficient, as KPMG does to establish sporting success.

MOST VALUABLE EUROPEAN CLUBS

Position Club Bottom value (Euros) Mid-point value Top value
1 Manchester United 3,004 3,095 3,186
2 Real Madrid 2,895 2,976 3,057
3 Barcelona 2,688 2,765 2,843
4 Bayern Munich  2,367 2,445 2,523
5 Manchester City 1,909 1,979 2,049
6 Arsenal  1,882 1,956 2,029
7 Chelsea 1,524 1,599 1,674
8 Liverpool 1,260 1,330 1,400
9 Juventus 1,158 1,218 1,277
10 Tottenham 978 1,011 1,044
11 PSG 948 998 1,049
12 Borussia Dortmund 917 971 1,025
13 Atlético Madrid 771 793 815
14 Schalke 663 691 719
15 Milan 504 547 590
16 Leicester 442 462 482
17 Everton 431 457 483
18 Roma 433 453 473
19 Inter 407 429 451
20 Napoli 388 409 431
21 Galatasaray 357 377 398
22 Fenerbahce 330 349 368
23 Benfica 326 340 353
24 Lyon 301 317 334
25 Athletic Bilbao 285 300 315
26 Ajax 258 274 290
27 Sevilla 249 261 273
28 Valencia 225 235 246
29 Lazio 215 227 240
30 Besiktas 207 219 231
31 PSV Eindhoven 201 210 220
32 Marseille 179 187 196