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The Most Valuable Club in Soccer: Manchester United

posted by Oscar April 19, 2012

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England’s most storied club is named, once again, the most valuable club in all of soccer.

Forbes released their list of most valuable soccer clubs in the world and the giants of the Premiership, Manchester United, have topped the list yet again. The “Red Devils,” owned by Malcolm Glazer and his family, are worth $2.24 billion, up 20% from last year. The current holders of the Premier League title also boast a global fan base of some 330 million, which helps make them world’s most valuable team in any sport, ahead of the NY Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys by $385 million. Every year since Forbes began calculating valuations for the sport in 2004, Manchester United have been the top soccer team.

The five teams that are worth at least $1 billion–Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Bayern Munich–advanced to at least the round of 16 in last year’s Champions League.

See the top 10 most valuable soccer clubs in the world:

Rank Team Current Value ($mil) 1-Yr Value Change (%) Revenue ($mil) Operating Income ($mil)
1

Manchester United

2,235 20 532 178.0
2

Real Madrid

1,877 29 695 214.0
3

Barcelona

1,307 34 653 96.0
4

Arsenal

1,292 8 364 98.0
5

Bayern Munich

1,235 18 466 90.0
6

AC Milan

989 18 341 29.0
7

Chelsea

761 16 362 76.0
8

Liverpool

619 12 295 45.0
9

Juventus

591 -8 223 -38.0
10

Schalke 04

587 56 293 101.0

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