LONDON – On the eve of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final, Real Madrid have
been crowned the kings of football, financially, reports China’s Xinhua news
A report published here by the renowned financial experts KPMG has drawn up
a list showing the enterprise value of Europe’s top 32 football clubs.
The clubs have a combined enterprise value of just under US$30 billion, with
Real Madrid topping the list with US$3.347 billion (2.996 billion euros).
In the money league table, Real’s Saturday’s opponents, Atletico de Madrid,
are in the 14th place with a value of US$690 million.
Runners-up are Manchester United with a value of US$3.33 billion.
FC Barcelona are in the 3rd place with US$3.17 billion, and Bayern Munich on
fourth with a value of US$2.50 billion.
Arsenal are in the 5th spot, followed by Manchester City, Chelsea,
Liverpool, Juventus, and in the 10th place Paris-Saint Germain.
KPMG said the three highest valued clubs, (Real Madrid, Manchester United
and Barcelona), account for a third of the cumulative value of all 32 clubs.
It says the English Premier League’s multi-billion dollar broadcasting deal,
now valued at almost US$2.7 billion per season, is having a significant impact
on the value of English clubs.
Andrea Sartori, KPMG’s global head of sports and the report’s author, said,
“While football clubs are among some of the world’s most instantly recognised
brands, with truly global fan bases, their Enterprise Value when measured in a
similar way to any other business, is relatively small.
“Thanks to the deal signed by the English Premier League at the beginning of
2015 the difference in terms of broadcasting revenues among the leading European
leagues and the Premier League has widened significantly, despite the booming
price of domestic broadcasting rights across other parts of Europe.”
English clubs top the report in terms of Enterprise Value (EV) per country
with a combined total value in excess of US$11 billion, accounted for 40 per
cent of the aggregate value of the 32 European clubs valued.
Spanish teams, who have won all of Europe’s major club competitions for the
past three years, comes next with a value of almost US$7.4 billion, buoyed by
Spain’s two giants, Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona, which together represent 85
per cent of the Spanish pie. – Bernama