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Most Valuable Soccer team 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Paul Pogba of Manchester United (L) celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal with Jesse Lingard of Manchester United (R) during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on September 24, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 20 most valuable soccer teams in the world are worth an average of $1.69 billion, up 14% over the past year and 74% since 2013. The surge in values has been underpinned by revenue growth. The top 20 teams raked in an average of $428 million in revenue during the 2016-2017 season, 40% more than five years ago.

In its 15th year of the annual list of the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams, and for the second consecutive year Manchester United is the world’s most valuable soccer team, worth $4.12 billion, up from $3.69 billion last year. Manchester United generated the most revenue ($737 million) during the 2016-2017 season and nearly 50% more operating income ($254 million) than any other soccer team.

But nipping at Manchester United’s heels are the two Spanish giants—Real Madrid ($4.09 billion) and Barcelona ($4.06 billion). Ether of them may soon surpass the Red Devils in value; the former because of their incredible Champions League play, the latter due to the tremendous revenue their renovated stadium and grounds should generate when completed in four years.

How about the sport’s profits? Operating income averaged $84 million—an all-time high. UEFA’s Fair Play rules have helped transformEuropean soccer’s finances. During 2016-17 only two teams—As Roma ($64 million) and AC Milan ($10 million)—posted operating losses. During the 2003-2004 season, seven of the 20 most valuable teamshad operating losses that totaled $244 million. Upshot: 4 of the 10 most profitable teams in the world are soccer teams.

Rank Team Current Value 1-Yr Value Change Debt/Value Revenue Operating Income
#1 Manchester United $4.123 B 12% 18% $737 M $254 M
#2 Real Madrid $4.088 B 14% 2% $735 M $94 M
#3 Barcelona $4.064 B 12% 1% $706 M $111 M
#4 Bayern Munich $3.063 B 13% 0% $640 M $105 M
#5 Manchester City $2.474 B 19% 0% $575 M $133 M
#6 Arsenal $2.238 B 16% 12% $531 M $178 M
#7 Chelsea $2.062 B 12% 0% $466 M $67 M
#8 Liverpool $1.944 B 30% 5% $462 M $93 M
#9 Juventus $1.472 B 17% 6% $442 M $62 M
#10 Tottenham Hotspur $1.237 B 17% 19% $387 M $141 M
#11 Paris Saint-Germain $971 M 16% 0% $529 M $38 M
#12 Borussia Dortmund $901 M 12% 0% $362 M $95 M
#13 Atletico de Madrid $848 M 16% 3% $297 M $38 M
#14 West Ham United $754 M 19% 8% $232 M $69 M
#15 Schalke 04 $707 M 12% 11% $251 M $33 M
#16 AS Roma $618 M 9% 44% $191 M $-64 M
#17 AC Milan $612 M -24% 101% $213 M $-10 M
#18 Inter Milan $606 M 13% 58% $285 M $62 M
#19 Leicester City $500 M 21% 0% $295 M $112 M
#20 Napoli $471 M 24% 0% $219 M $73 M
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