Real Madrid Named Most Valuable Football Team In The WorldTrending Stories Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will go head-to-head later this month to decide which football club is the finest in Europe but, when it comes to the money, there is only one winner-Real Madrid.
Nine-time champions of Europe Real top a Forbes list of the world’s most valuable football teams, with Los Blancos reportedly worth $3.44 billion.
The Santiago Bernabeu stadium team, which boasts the talents of FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, posted a revenue of $675 million for 2012-13, with an operating income of $172m.
In contrast, Atletico is way down the the financial pecking order, with Forbes ranking Atletico 17th, valuing Los Rojiblancos at $328m.
Even so Atletico are punching above their weight in the Spanish league title and with two matches two go, Diego Simeone’s Atletico team is top of the table — three points ahead of second-placed Barcelona and four points clear of Real in third.
Atletico have surprised many with an impressive run to the final of Europe’s premier club competition — the first time the club has reached this stage of the competition in 40 years.
Barcelona are ranked second by Forbes, valued at $3.28 billion, with Manchester United worth an estimated $2.81 billion in third spot.
Current European and German champions Bayern Munich are next on the lists with a valuation of $1.85 billion, with London club Arsenal ($1.33 billion) completing the top five.
Forbes Most Valuable Football Teams 2014:
1. Real Madrid ($3.44 billion)
2. Barcelona ($3.2bn)
3. Manchester United ($2.81bn)
4. Bayern Munich ($1.85bn)
5. Arsenal ($1.33bn)
6. Chelsea ($868 million)
7. Manchester City ($863m)
8. AC Milan ($856m)
9. Juventus ($850m)
10. Liverpool ($691m)
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