Real Madrid are back on top! Spanish giants named world’s most valuable football team at £4.1bn as they skip Barcelona in Forbes list after huge private investment deal and stellar season
- According to Forbes, Real Madrid is again the richest soccer team in the world
- The Spanish team won LaLiga and will transfer a huge sum for the Champions League
- They also recently signed a £322million deal with an investment firm
- Barcelona are second on the rich list ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool
Real Madrid are once again at the top of the Forbes list of the richest clubs in football.
The Spanish giants, who won the LaLiga title and advanced to Saturday’s Champions League final, will have cash when totals from both competitions are paid out.
They will take home more than £100m to reach the European flagship and Los Blancos’ value is up 7 per cent, overtaking fierce rivals Barcelona, who topped the Forbes list last year.
Real Madrid have won LaLiga and are in the final of the Champions League on Saturday
Florentino Perez will be delighted to see his side ahead of Barcelona on the Forbes list
FORBES TOP 10 RICHEST FOOTBALL TEAMS:
1. Real Madrid – £4.1bn
2. Barcelona – £4bn
3. Manchester United – £3.65bn
4. Liverpool – £3.54bn
5. Bayern Munich – £3.4bn
6. Manchester City – £3.3bn
7. PSG – £3.3bn
8. Chelsea – £2.4bn
9. Juventus – £1.9bn
10. Tottenham – £1.86bn
Real have renovated their iconic Bernabeu stadium for £675m but recently landed a major deal.
The club secured £301m from investment firm Sixth Street and Legends, where the new partners “bought the right to participate in the operation of certain businesses of the new Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for a period of twenty years”.
Sixth Street has a two-decade contract and they have a 30 percent stake in the stadium’s operations.
The Covid crisis has hit both Real Madrid and Barcelona hard, particularly due to the inability to fill stadiums.
The Bernabeu renovations were funded by JP Morgan and Bank of America, bringing cumulative borrowing to £669m.
Real is the sixth most valuable sports team in the world, after the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, in that order.
Their old opponents Barcelona made headlines with huge debts and an unstable financial situation, but they remain the second most valuable football club according to Forbes.
Their whopping £364m shirt and stadium sponsorship deal with Spotify is a huge shot in the arm and Barcelona are also reportedly close to agreeing a £763m deal with Goldman Sachs and All Sport Finance .
Real Madrid’s brand value is significantly higher than most other football clubs
For this, 30 percent of the club’s broadcasting money and part of the income from the new stadium complex would be exchanged.
Barcelona is worth six percent more than last year and is the seventh most valuable team in each sport with the New England Patriots.
The Premier League remains the wealthiest in terms of broadcast revenue, but Manchester United and Liverpool have to settle for third and fourth respectively in the football club list.
There is huge unrest among supporters who want the Glazers to sell at United and the American owners are paying £11million despite the terrible performance on the pitch this season.
Barcelona are set to strike a deal with Goldman Sachs that will boost coffers
Barcelona are rated almost the same as Real, but both are behind the American giants
United’s matchday earnings are £50m and their mark is valued at £623m compared to Liverpool’s £50m matchday and £583 mark.
The Reds are up nine per cent in value from last year and that should rise again with the windfall for finishing second in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final.
In contrast, United could suffer in next year’s list as they failed to qualify for Europe’s top flight.
Premier League champions Manchester City are sixth in the Forbes list, up six percent from last year.
Manchester United fans protest against the club’s Glazer ownership
Liverpool have been bolstered by impressive matchday earnings and performances on the pitch
Their matchday earnings are well below those of their rivals, totaling just £4million. The feature behind Bayern Munich, the only German team in the top ten, and ahead of PSG and Chelsea.
Italian representation come in 9th in the form of Juventus and their fortunes are on the wane after relinquishing their crown to AC Milan in a disappointing season.
Tottenham are 10th and still paying off their stadium but are buoyed by fourth place to qualify for the Champions League.