According to Forbes.com Manchester United have been valued at $1.8 billion, ahead of the club traditionally known as the richest club in football (Real Madrid, $1.285 billion) and their chief domestic rivals Arsenal ($1.2 billion), Liverpool ($1.05 billion) and Chelsea ($764 million).
Have fun sorting the lists according to different criteria. Here are some highlights:
Manchester United are one of the worst clubs debt-wise, and Arsenal and Newcastle United aren’t that well off either.
Real Madrid are still top on revenue and clearly ahead of the chasing pack (Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea). Madrid and United are again neck to neck when operating income is considered.
Although Chelsea have a negative operating income, West Ham, Aston Villa and Valencia are in far worse shape and are suffering more losses.
United and Chelsea are likely to get stronger next year as a result of their Champions League final appearance this season and their strong showing in the domestic league. Winning the league / cup this season will give the rivals more than just bragging rights – it will give them a financial edge as well.
English clubs dominate the list, with 10 out of 25 clubs. Italy have 4 reps, Spain 3, Germany 5, France 2 and Scotland 1.
Here’s the link (this is for the table rankings based on club value) again – and remember, don’t shoot the messenger 🙂