Mnachester United richest football club – Full list of ranking
Manchester United may have failed to finish in the top four for the last two seasons but have been named the most valuable club in the world.
Professional services firm KPMG’s latest study has United ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona despite the Glazer-owned club owing almost half a billion pounds of debt.
The rich list saw a number of English clubs lead the charge with six of the top ten richest sides competing in the Premier League.
Despite two relatively disappointing seasons on the pitch between 2014 and 2016, United’s value surged clear of Real Madrid and Barcelona last year, becoming the first club to break the 3billion euros (£2.7billion) mark for enterprise value.
Bayern Munich remain in fourth place, while Manchester City edge past Arsenal to take fifth spot, both with enterprise values of just under £1.7billion.
Alisher Usmanov’s recently rebuffed bid for the latter valued the North London club at £1.54billion.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus and Spurs fill the next four positions, which means six of the 10 are from the Premier League.
In a statement, KPMG’s global head of sports Andrea Sartori said the figures show the growth in the game underpinned by the broadcasting boom and more sustainable management models.
MOST VALUABLE EUROPEAN CLUBS
1 Manchester United
2 Real Madrid
4 Bayern Munich
5 Manchester City
12 Borussia Dortmund
13 Atlético Madrid
25 Athletic Bilbao
31 PSV Eindhoven