Manchester United top Forbes’ most valuable football teams list

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Manchester, June 7, 2017 — Manchester United have replaced European champions Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable football team, according to the annual list published by Forbes.

United were valued at US$3.69 billion, an 11 per cent jump compared to last year. That was a testament to the team’s powerful brand and marketing acumen, Forbes said in a statement.

Barcelona were second on the list with a value of US$3.64 billion while Real Madrid, who held top spot for the last four years, fell to third place with a value of US$3.58 billion.

Rounding out the top five were Bayern Munich (US$2.71 billion) and Manchester City (US2.08 billion).

Six Premier League teams featured in the top 10, with United and City joined by Arsenal (US$1.93 billion), Chelsea (US$1.85 billion) Liverpool (US$1.49 billion) and Tottenham Hotspur (US$1.06 billion).

German champions Bayern Munich (US$2.71 billion) were ranked fourth while Serie A champions Juventus (US$1.26 billion) were ninth.

Forbes also said the average value of the top 20 teams rose 3 per cent over last year to US$1.48 billion.