Real Madrid gain on Manchester United at top of rich list
Friday 20 April 2012
Manchester United continue to top the Forbes list as the most valuable football club in the world, but Real Madrid are gaining ground.
United also remain ranked as the most valuable team in any sport, worth $2.24bn (£1.4bn), $385m more than baseball's New York Yankees and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
Arsenal are fourth on the list, worth £800m, behind Real Madrid (£1bn) and Barcelona (£816m). The Forbes list ranks Chelsea in seventh place, worth £474m, and Liverpool eighth with a value of £386m.
United's global fan base, estimated by Forbes to number 330 million, has helped maintain the club's position. However, Madrid and Barça have higher revenues, due in large part to the fact they have negotiated their own television rights deals for Spanish football.
The figures are also based on last year's financial results, reflecting United reaching the Champions League final. This season Sir Alex Ferguson's side failed to make the knockout stage and their income from European football is expected to drop.
Tottenham are 11th, valued at £351m, and Manchester City 13th, at £276m.
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney 'denied all knowledge' of the Twitter activity
Detective novelist who wrote Death comes to Pemberley passed away peacefully at her home, aged 94
Sites using the popular Gigya comment platform were attacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)
Latest in Sport
Phil Hughes injury: Cricket world reels as Australian opener 'fights for his life'
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund player ratings: Who was the star man at the Emirates? Alexis Sanchez? Santi Cazorla? Or Yaya Sanogo?
Phil Hughes: A swashbuckling, raw and talented batsman who had the world at his feet
Phil Hughes dead: List of players who have tragically died on the cricket pitch
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund report: Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez are on target as Gunners secure impressive victory
- 1 Sean Abbott: Messages of support flood in for bowler following death of batsman Phil Hughes
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy after appearing in mock TV wedding scene