Thursday 26 May 2016 8:49 am

Manchester United named most valuable club in the world but must win trophies with Jose Mourinho to stay at the top

Manchester United have been named the joint-most valuable football club in the world, but have been warned that incoming manager Jose Mourinho will need to improve results if they want to remain top of the pile.

Both United and Real Madrid are estimated to be worth £2.1bn in a report published today by accountancy giant KPMG which values the FA Cup winners nearly £1bn higher than the next most valuable Premier League club, Arsenal, who are estimated to be worth £1.2bn.

The ranking of Europe’s biggest 32 clubs takes into account profitability, popularity, stadium ownership, broadcasting rights and sporting potential.


The Premier League’s commercial strength is represented with five clubs in the top 10, with Manchester City at £1.2bn, Chelsea at £1bn and Liverpool at £940m making up the sixth, seventh and eighth spots respectively.

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United, Liverpool and Arsenal are the only clubs in the top 10 not to have won their domestic league or the Champions League in the past three years and United’s value could be even bigger had they enjoyed the level of success sustained under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Last weekend’s FA Cup triumph marked United’s first trophy in the three years since Ferguson left and, KPMG say, Mourinho will need to deliver further triumphs if the club is to remain the sport’s most valuable.

“To a certain extent Manchester United is on course to match Real Madrid thanks to the expected benefit they’d receive from the incoming £1.8bn per season broadcast deal," KPMG’s global head of sports Andrea Sartori told City A.M.

“Sporting success generates value for any club, providing it is properly managed.

"Real Madrid have been significantly more successful on the pitch than Manchester United in the past three years.


“They have played regularly in the final stages of the Champions League. Two years ago they won it, this year they’re in the final. 

“United are going to miss the revenue that comes from qualifying for the Champions League next season.”

Barcelona trail United as the third most valuable club at £2bn, followed by Bayern Munich at £1.6bn. Italy and France’s only representatives, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, make up the ninth and 10th spots with respective estimated values of £726m and £622m.

The 32 elite European clubs on KPMG’s list are those who have achieved long-term success, are unlikely to be relegated and regular appearance in Uefa competitions.

Consequently, clubs such as Leicester and West Ham are not included in the ranking, although Everton and Tottenham are also included in the top 20 with estimated values of £591m and £336m respectively.

RankClubBottom valueMid-pointTop
=1Real Madrid€2,814m€2,905m€2,996m
=1Manchester United€2,829m€2,905m€2,981m
3Barcelona€2,677m€2,758m€2,840m
4Bayern Munich€2,076m€2,153m€2,231m
5Arsenal€1,594m€1,663m€1,731m
6Manchester City€1,530m€1,620m€1,710m
7Chelsea€1,365m€1,453m€1,541m
8Liverpool€1,198m€1,273m€1,348m
9Juventus€929m€983m€1,038m
10Paris Saint-Germain€798m€843m€887m
11Borussia Dortmund€781m€830m€879m
12Tottenham Hotspur€768m€801m€834m
13Schalke 04€591m€624m€657m
14Atletico Madrid€565m€592m€618m
15AC Milan€507m€545m€583m
16Everton€428m€455m€482m
17Inter Milan€381m€399m€417m
18Napoli€374m€394m€414m
19Roma€337m€358m€379m
20Ajax€283m€297m€311m
21Benfica€271m€285m€298m
22Fenerbahce€239m€256m€274m
23Lazio€219m€233m€247m
24Galatasaray€208m€225m€241m
25Valencia€192m€203m€214m
26Monaco€184m€195m€206m
27Marseille€181m€190m€200m
28Porto€175m€188m€201m
29Lyon€176m€186m€195m
30Sevilla€170m€181m€192m
31PSV Eindhoven€167m€175m€184m
32Fiorentina€148m€156m€165m

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