Real Madrid leapfrogged Barcelona to become the most valuable football club in the world. Their estimated worth was valued at $5.1 billion in the latest report, released by Forbes. There has been a 7 percent increase in their brand valuation from the last year, when they finished second, just below their arch-rival Barcelona.

Having won the La Liga title for the record 35th time, the Los Blancos are now aiming to add another Champions League title to their trophy cabinet. They will be up against Liverpool in less than 48 hours at Parc des Princes in Paris. 

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Moreover, they have secured an investment worth £301m from Sixth Street, a global investment firm, and premium sporting experience organisation, Legends. JP Morgan and Bank Of America have already funded £669m for the stadium renovations. 

Barcelona, meanwhile, have slipped to second place. They are valued at $5 billion but the operating income has plummeted to $17 million. In contrast, Madrid’s operating income has touched $90 million.

Barcelona have received $458 million from Spotify, their new stadium and title sponsor, and they are planning to build the biggest stadium in Europe. 

Who Are Other Teams In The List?

Despite going through their worst title drought of the 21st century, Manchester United’s operating income of $128m is the second highest in the world. The club, owned by the Glazer family, is valued at $4.6 billion, and have recently signed a $26.8 million deal with a blockchain giant Tezos. 

Liverpool occupy the fourth place in the list, boasting a matchday income of $60 million and a brand valuation of $4.45 billion. Liverpool have earned over $2 billion solely from broadcasting rights, and another $1.4 billion from sponsorships.

Chelsea (8th), Tottenham (10th), and Manchester City (6th) are three other Premier League clubs in the top ten, while Bayern Munich (5th), PSG (7th), and Juventus (9th) are the sole club from their respective nations. 

Manchester City’s operating income of $156m is second to none, while their matchday income of $5 million is among the lowest in the list. 

Here’s the list of top ten clubs as per Forbes’ Valuation report:

ClubValue
Real Madrid$5.1bn
Barcelona$5bn
Manchester United$4.6bn
Liverpool$4.45bn
Bayern Munich$4.275bn
Manchester City$4.25bn
PSG$3.2bn
Chelsea$3.1bn
Juventus$2.45bn
Tottenham$2.35bn

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