Manchester United managed to hang onto the leader’s spot from the Premier League
Things might not be swinging in their favour on the pitch but Barcelona have managed to do well when it comes to the financial side of the game. Or atleast what Forbes would like us to believe.
Despite seeing their coffers bleed with gross mismanagement leaving the club in a turmoil, Barcelona have managed to emerge as the world’s most valuable football club. The side’s disastrous debt of almost a billion pounds hasn’t affected Forbes’ evaluation of the cub with it pegging Barcelona at a staggering 3.46 billion pounds.
What adds to the pleasure of the recent news is the fact that Barcelona have leaped over their much hated rivals, Real Madrid to occupy the spot. The rankings come as a surprise to many with Real Madrid not only doing better on the pitch but also being in safer financial hands than Barcelona.
Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Barcelona to the La Liga trophy last summer whilst Barcelona recently announced losses of £83.5m for last season and debts that had more than doubled to £420m.
Real Madrid also remained the best club in the world regarding commercial revenue, bringing in £424 million advertising, sponsorships, shirt and kit deals during the 2019-20 season.
However, what worked in Barcelona’s favour to hand them the crown is their broadcast revenue for the season which stood at £200million.
Liverpool meanwhile climbed the most spots in the Premier League with the club jumping three ranking points to finish in fifth. The side finished marginally lower than Manchester United, the highest rated side from the English league.
Forbes’ Top Ten List
- Barcelona – $4.76billion (£3.46bn)
- Real Madrid – $4.75billion (£3.46bn)
- Bayern Munich – $4.22billion (£3.07bn)
- Manchester United – $4.2billion (£3.06bn)
- Liverpool – $4.1billion (£2.98bn)
- Manchester City – $4billion (£2.91bn)
- Chelsea – $3.2billion (£2.33bn)
- Arsenal – $2.8billion (£2.04bn)
- Paris Saint-Germain – $2.5billion (£1.82bn)
- Tottenham Hotspur – $2.3billion (£1.67bn)