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Real Madrid Tops Forbes’ 2014 List Of The World’s Most Valuable Football Teams

Wed 7th May 2014 | Money & Finance

Forbes announced today its 2014 list of The World’s Top 20 Most Valuable Football Teams. 

Real Madrid, valued at $3.44 billiontops the list for the second consecutive year.

Real Madrid’s value increased 4% over the past year. Barcelona is currently valued at $3.2 billion, placing the team in the No. 2 spot on this year’s rankings.

This is the first time since Forbes began tracking football team valuations in 2004, that the top two teams are from Spain. 

Manchester United, which will not compete in the next Champions League due to its substandard 2013-14 Premier League performance, now ranks No.3 on the list, valued at $2.8 billion.

According to this year’s valuations, the top 20 teams are worth an average of $1.05 billion, an increase of 8% over last year. The increase is driven by climbing Champions League prize money, television fees and sponsorship revenues.

Methodology: Forbes’ team values are enterprise values (equity plus debt) that are based on multiples of revenue that teams garner from television, premium seating, media, licensing, merchandise and concessions.

The Top 10 Most Valuable Teams of 2014 are:

Rank

Club

Country

Owner/
Controlling Shareholder

Current

Value

($mil)

1-Year

Value

Change (%)

 

Revenues

($mil)

Operating

Income

     ($mil)

1

Real Madrid Spain Club Members

3.4

4

675

172

2

Barcelona Spain Club Members

3.2

23

627

154

3

Manchester United England Glazer Family

2.8

-11

551

165

4

Bayern Munich Germany Club Members

1.9

41

561

122

5

Arsenal England E. Stanley Kroenke

1.3

0

370

38

6

Chelsea England Roman Abramovich

868

-4

394

61

7

Manchester City England Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

863

25

411

-18

8

AC Milan Italy Silvio Berlusconi

856

-9

343

47

9

Juventus Italy Giovanni Agnelli

850

22

354

66

10

Liverpool England John Henry, Tom Werner

691

6

313

61

 

 

Image: Action Images / Matthew Childs 

Posted by: Kev Howland 

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