Real Madrid tops Forbes list of most valuable clubs

Real Madrid's players swamp Sergio Ramos as they celebrate his goal

There’s a new leader at the top of Forbes list of the world’s most valuable soccer teams.

For the first time since Forbes began calculating the value of soccer clubs in 2004, Manchester United is not the most valuable club in the world. In the 2013 list, the top honor goes to Real Madrid, valued at $3.3 billion, a 76 percent increase from a year ago. The statistics also show that the Spanish club brought in revenues of $650 million and that they have an operating income of $170 million.

Manchester United have dropped to second place, with a valuation of $3.165 billion, though it’s still a 42 percent increase from a year ago. Barcelona comes in third at $2.6 billion, which amounts to an incredible 99 percent increase from last years rankings.

Arsenal, despite their previous financial issues, sit in fourth on Forbes’ list, while Bayern Munich rounds out the top five.

Despite his age, David Beckham remains the best paid soccer player on the planet, bringing in $50.6 million, $44 million of which is from his many endorsements. Cristiano Ronaldo is listed second, bringing in $43.5, while four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi earned just over $40 million total during the last calender year.

English clubs dominate the list, holding five of the top ten move valuable teams. A new entry to the top 20 this year is Brazilian club Corinthians, who are the first non-European club to make Forbes’ list. Last year’s Copa Libertadores champions are valued at $358 million.

What do you make of this news? When do you expect an American team to make the top 20 list?

Share your thoughts below.

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9 Responses to Real Madrid tops Forbes list of most valuable clubs

  1. Oog says:

    I don’t expect an American team to break the top 20 for a very long time, if ever.

  2. WiscFan says:

    How does that work? I thought they were bailed out from the Spanish Government.

  3. Alex G says:

    Hala Madrid, best club ever

  4. G.Bean says:

    If Ronaldo moves back to Manchester, I am curious as to what that will do to the value of Madrid.

  5. Tiny says:

    but its not going to happen so……

  6. el paso tx mike says:

    forbes also reported that MLS parity will make MLS the best league in the world. Garber needs MLS to have 26 teams into order to succeed and get full global attention. MLS can have 13 teams in each conference making it a 26 team league and NASL 20 to 22 teams and USL 16 to 18. At the same time, decide on a league name for all 3 divisions, maybe NUSL as in national united soccer league or NPL as in national premier league or NAPS north america premier soccer or UPSL united premier soccer league because at the end of the day the league name MLS won’t cut it in America or globally.

    • Gnarls says:

      You lost me at 26 teams.

    • Brian says:

      So the league needs 26 teams and a new name. Why?

      • el paso tx mike says:

        26 teams because the US is a huge country and the east can easily have 13 teams since the east of the US has a buffet of markets. As for the west, 13 is also an easy number of teams. As for the league name, how many times did the nfl changed names, the mexican league, italian league, spain league and british league. its about revolutionizing not under revolutionizing :)