Win the Europa League? No problem. Finish 6th in your league table? No problem. What else could have made Manchester United’s season more remarkable? The club won 3 trophies (Europa League, EFL Cup & FA Charity Shield) as well as qualifying for the Champions League next season. And now, the club is ranked 1st on the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams 2017. Not bad. Is it?
The Forbes World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams 2017 is ranked by US based magazine, FORBES. For the first time in 5 years, Manchester United has topped the chart. This is very remarkable considering that Real Madrid just won the Champions League as well as the Spanish La Liga. Real Madrid has also topped the chart for the past 4 years. Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as well as Manchester City completed the top 5. Who else made the cut?
Forbes World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams 2017
Here is the top 10 on the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams 2017.
|1||Manchester United||$3.69bn (£2.86bn)|
|3||Real Madrid||$3.58bn (£2.77bn)|
|4||Bayern Munich||$2.71bn (£2.10bn)|
|5||Manchester City||$2.08bn (£1.61bn)|
As seen from the above, 6 teams from English Premier League made the top 10. The Spanish La Liga has two teams while Juventus and Bayern Munich are the sole representatives from Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga respectively.
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According to FORBES, Manchester United’s return to the top spot is a testament to their powerful brand and marketing acumen. Manchester United generated revenue of $765 million during the 2015-16 season, $77 million more than both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Also, Manchester United brought in $405 million in advertising and sponsorship revenue, more than any other soccer team. And the Red Devils are also by far the most profitable soccer team in the world, posting operating income of $288 million, $107 million more than runner-up Real Madrid.
Good news to the Red Devils fans, FORBES said “it will not be easy to overtake the Red Devils in the near future: By winning the Europa League this year, Manchester United qualified for the lucrative 2017-18 Champions League”. Can you beat that?
Congratulations Manchester United and fans for topping the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams 2017.