Real Madrid becomes most valuable football club in Europe

By Bruno Reis

The Spanish football club, Real Madrid, has overtaken the UK’s Manchester United as the most valuable team in Europe.

The team, which is based in Spain’s capital city, has been valued at €3.22bn (US$3.59bn), according to the professional services firm KPMG.

KPMG released a report highlighting the figures based on the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, the BBC reported.

The report assessed profitability, broadcasting rights, popularity, sporting potential, and stadium value.

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KPMG claims that Manchester United are worth €3.207bn ($3.57bn), whilst Bayern Munich have been valued at €2.696bn ($3bn).

Barcelona ranks in fourth position, followed by Manchester City and Chelsea. Liverpool and Arsenal place in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Tottenham and Juventus complete the top 10 list, in ninth and tenth position.

“The overall enterprise value of the top 32 clubs is driven primarily by an aggregate 5% increase in total operating revenues,” stated Andrea Sartori, Global Head of Sports at KPMG and author of the report.

“On the other hand, staff costs continued to grow too, with the average staff costs-to-revenue ratio of the top clubs increasing by four percentage points, up to 63%.”

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