Manchester United are now the world’s most valuable football club at some £2.86 billion after moving ahead of Real Madrid at the top of business magazine Forbes’ 14th annual rich list.
According to Forbes’ calculations, which are based on equity plus net debt, revenues and operating income for the 2015-2016 season, United generated some £592 million which saw the Old Trafford club return to top spot for the first time in five years.
Spanish giants Barcelona were placed second with an overall worth of £2.82bn, with rivals Real, who won both the La Liga title and Champions League last season, in third place at £2.77bn, having been top since 2013.
See list after the cut…
1 – Manchester United 3.69bn US Dollars (£2.86bn)
2 – Barcelona 3.64bn US Dollars (£2.82bn)
3 – Real Madrid 3.58bn US Dollars (£2.77bn)
4 – Bayern Munich 2.71bn US Dollars (£2.1bn)
5 – Manchester City 2.08bn US Dollars (£1.61bn)
6 – Arsenal 1.93bn US Dollars (£1.5bn)
7 – Chelsea 1.85bn US Dollars (£1.43bn)
8 – Liverpool 1.49bn US Dollars (£1.15bn)
9 – Juventus 1.26bn US Dollars (£976m)
10 – Tottenham 1.06bn US Dollars (£821m)
11 – Paris St Germain 841m US Dollars (£652m)
12 – Borussia Dortmund 808m US Dollars (£626m)
13 – AC Milan 802m US Dollars (£621m)
14 – Atletico Madrid 732m US Dollars (£567m)
15 – West Ham 634m US Dollars (£491m)
16 – Schalke 04 629m US Dollars (£487m)
17 – Roma 569m US Dollars (£441m)
18 – Inter Milan 537m US Dollars (£416m)
19 – Leicester City 413m US Dollars (£320m)