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Barcelona topple Real Madrid from summit of Forbes' Football Rich List

20:11 BST 12/04/2021
Barcelona celebrate Lionel Messi goal vs Huesca, La Liga 2020-21
Barcelona may have lost the Clasico at the weekend, but they moved above Real Madrid in the money stakes

Barcelona have climbed above Liga rivals Real Madrid to top Forbes’ Football Rich List.

Real topped the rankings two years ago, the last time the list was published, but find themselves staring up at Barca who have a valuation of $4.76 billion (£3.46bn).

The Premier League makes up the bulk of the top 10, with Manchester, United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all featuring.

What has been said?

Forbes’ Mike Ozanian compiled the list and said the average worth is up 30 per cent from two years ago, but there is pain being absorbed due to the coronavirus pandemic limiting matchday revenue.

“The world’s 20 most valuable soccer teams are worth an average of $2.28 billion (£1.66bn) apiece, an increase of 30% from two years ago, the last time we published the ranking,” Ozanian said. “The jump comes despite a decline in revenue caused by limited attendance during the pandemic, with buyers focused on what they see as still untapped revenue potential in the sport’s massive global following.

“Average revenue for the 20 teams was $441 million (£321m) for the 2019-20 season, down 9.6% from 2017-18, while average operating income fell by 70% over the period to $23 million (£17m).

"The pain is far from over, with a worsening decline in match-day revenue during the current season as most of the teams in Europe’s top leagues still permit few fans to attend games.”

Football’s rich list in numbers

The rankings have been dominated by Manchester United and Real Madrid, with the Red Devils topping Forbes' list on 11 occasions to Real's five. Those two sides showed the lowest two-year change, while French powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain crashed the top 10 in style with a 129% increase in value. 

Despite having arguably football's most marketable asset in Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus dropped out of the top 10 - coming in at 11.

Rank Team Value 2-year change
1 Barcelona $4.76 billion 18%
2 Real Madrid $4.75 billion 12%
3 Bayern Munich $4.21 billion 39%
4 Man Utd $4.20 billion 10%
5 Liverpool $4.10 billion 88%
6 Man City $4.00 billion 49%
7 Chelsea $3.20 billion 24%
8 Arsenal $2.80 billion 23%
9 Paris Saint Germain $2.50 billion 129%
10 Tottenham $2.30 billion 42%

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