Real Madrid are back on top! Spanish giants named world’s most valuable football team at £4.1BILLION as they leapfrog Barcelona in Forbes list, following huge private investment deal and stellar season
- Real Madrid are the richest football team in the world again, according to Forbes
- Spanish side have won LaLiga and will bank huge amount for Champions League
- They have 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 Forbes’ list of football’s richest clubs.
The Spanish giants, who won the LaLiga title and have progressed to Saturday’s Champions League final, will be flush with cash from both competitions when the total amounts are paid out.
They will take home in excess of £100m for reaching the European showpiece and Los Blancos’ value has risen 7 percent, seeing them leapfrog fierce rivals Barcelona, who topped the Forbes list last year.
Real Madrid won LaLiga and are in the Champions League final on Saturday
Florentino Perez will be pleased 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
Manchester United – £3.65bn
4. Liverpool – £3.54bn
5. Bayern Munich – £3.4bn
6. Man City – £3.3bn
7. PSG – £3.3bn
8. Chelsea – £2.4bn
9. Juventus – £1.9bn
10. Tottenham – £1.86b
Real have been renovating their iconic Bernabeu stadium to the tune of £675million but recently struck an important deal.
The club secured £301m from investment firm Sixth Street and Legends in which the new partners ‘acquired the right to participate in the operation of certain businesses of the new Santiago Bernabéu stadium for a period of twenty years.’
Sixth Street’s deal is for two decades and they have a 30 per cent stake in the stadium operations.
The Covid crisis badly affected both Real Madrid and Barcelona, particularly with the inability to fill the stadiums.
Renovations on the Bernabeu have been funded by JP Morgan and Bank of America, taking the cumulative borrowing to £669m.
Real are 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 foes Barcelona have hit headlines for 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 major 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
This would be in exchange for 30 percent of the club’s broadcast money and an amount of revenues from the new stadium complex.
Barcelona are worth six percent more than last year and are tied with the New England Patriots as the seventh most valuable team in any sport.
The Premier League remains the wealthiest in terms of broadcast revenue but Manchester United and Liverpool must settle for third and fourth respectively in the football clubs list.
There is huge unrest from supporters who want the Glazers to sell up at United and the American owners are paying themselves £11m despite the horrendous performance on the pitch this season.
Barcelona are due to strike a deal with Goldman Sachs that will boost the coffers
Barcelona are almost valued the same as Real but both slot behind the American behemoths
United’s matchday revenue is £50m and their brand is valued at £623m in comparison to Liverpool’s £50m matchday and £583 brand.
The Reds’ value has increased nine percent from last year and that should increase again with the windfall for finishing second in the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final.
United by contrast may suffer in next year’s list having failed to qualify for Europe’s top table.
Premier League champions Manchester City are sixth in Forbes’ list with a six percent rise on last year.
Manchester United fans have been protesting the Glazer ownership of the club
Liverpool have been boosted by impressive matchday revenue and on-pitch performances
Their matchday revenue is far below their rivals, totaling only £4m. The feature behind Bayern Munich, the only German side in the top ten, and ahead of PSG and Chelsea.
Italian representation comes in the form of Juventus at No 9 and their fortunes are on the wane after a disappointing season saw them relinquish their crown to AC Milan.
Tottenham are 10th and are still paying off their stadium but will be buoyed by the fourth-place finish to qualify for the Champions League.