The 20 most valuable football clubs in the world – with Man Utd and Liverpool in the top 5

Real Madrid continue to lead when it comes to aggregate scores, but their Premier League dominance is only increasing with eight English sides in the top 20

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Eight of the top 20 most valuable clubs in Europe play in the Premier League, according to Football Benchmark’s annual corporate report.

However, La Liga giants Real Madrid remain comfortably the biggest of them all, while La Liga rivals Barcelona finish third, despite the club undergoing a major restructuring and an estimated £1.5bn in debt.

They will be separated from Manchester United, whose value is up 8 per cent year-on-year to an estimated £2.425 billion despite a dismal campaign. Liverpool, fifth in the standings and opponents to Real in Saturday’s Champions League final, are the second-highest Premier League side at £2.15bn, followed by Manchester City at £2.08bn and Chelsea at 1.8 billion pounds.

The west London club is currently being sold for a significantly higher sum of £2.5bn, with an additional £1.75bn committed to its infrastructure over the next 10 years by a group led by Todd Boehly be invested.

The transaction figure was viewed with raised eyebrows among some financial pundits but, as Football Benchmark points out, thanks to its superior broadcast revenues and an exit from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Premier League can now be viewed as a step away from a Super League pandemic that was stronger than their competitors.

“While Premier League clubs enjoy some benefit in matchday revenue and even greater benefit from their greater commercial appeal stemming from many factors including the global power of the brand which really sets them apart, are highly lucrative transfer arrangements,” the report said.

“Unlike other Big 5 leagues, who have all agreed on discounted deals during their negotiations for domestic TV rights, the Premier League has successfully completed its current domestic package with no loss in value, increasing its remuneration from international broadcasting for the first time the revenues of the national broadcaster exceeded time.

“The health crisis also showed the Premier League’s greater strength and resilience in the transfer market, with the transaction volume of English top division clubs not having changed significantly compared to pre-COVID times.”

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Tottenham Hotspur, who have sealed their Champions League return, are ninth at an estimated £1.6bn and neighbors Arsenal are 11th at £1.33bn. West Ham’s valuation of £455m means a quarter of the top 16 clubs are based in the capital. Leicester, meanwhile, showed one of their biggest year-on-year gains – rising 24 per cent to £442m.

Other notable takeaways include Paris Saint-Germain’s growth, which rose 22 per cent to £1.79 billion after a season in which they welcomed Lionel Messi to the French capital and in recent days Kylian Mbappe have signed a new contract until 2025.

There is a significant gap between Inter Milan in 14th place at £838m and city rivals AC Milan, one place below at £486m. That difference might be smaller in next year’s report as the Rossoneri have just been crowned Italian champions.

The 20 most valuable clubs in Europe

1 Real Madrid (yoy: +9%) £2,679m
2 Manchester United (+8%) £2,425m
3 Barcelona (-2%) £2,367m
4 Bayern Munich (+5%) £2,313m
5 Liverpool (+12%) £2,150m
6 Manchester City (+14%) £2,089m
7 Chelsea (+16%) £1,833m
8 Paris Saint-Germain (+22%) £1,794m
9 Tottenham Hotspur (+12%) £1,609m
10 Juventus (+8%) £1,343m

Zlatan Ibrahimovic smokes a cigar and points to the sky, dedicating AC Milan’s title win to Mino Raiola

11 Arsenal (+10%) £1,333m
12 Atlético de Madrid (+9%) £1,038m
13 Borussia Dortmund (+1%) £1,032m
14 Internazionale (+14%) £838m
15 AC Milan (+35%) £486m
16 West Ham United (new) £455m
17 Leicester City (+24%) £442m
18 Napoli (-0.4%) £407m
19 Ajax (+13%) £398m
20 Olympique Lyonnais (-7%) £384m

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