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PHOTOS: TEN Most Valuable football teams in the world

May 07, 2015 15:16 IST
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Real Madrid top Forbes' most valuable soccer teams list, followed by their La Liga counterparts, FC Barcelona.

Here is the list of the 10 most valuable soccer teams (in billions):

1: Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Isco and Marcelo after scoring

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Isco and Marcelo after scoring. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

European champions Real Madrid are the world's most valuable soccer club for a third straight year, according to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday that showed the average value of the top 20 teams rose 11 percent over last year.

The Spanish club's value fell five percent to $3.26 billion but their $746 million in revenue, the highest of any sports team in the world, was enough to keep them top of the list, Forbes said in a statement.

2: FC Barcelona

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates after scoring

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates after scoring. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

 

With a valuation of $3.16 billion, Barcelona is in 2nd place on the list.

 

3: Manchester United

Manchester United players celebrate a goal during their Premier League match

Manchester United players celebrate a goal during their Premier League match. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester United is the only English club to figure among the top three with a valuation of $3.10 billion.

4: Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich players acknowledge their fans after winnin

Bayern Munich players acknowledge their fans after winning. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

German champions Bayern Munich also among top five ($2.35 billion).

5: Manchester City

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates with teammate David Silva

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates with teammate David Silva. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Manchester City ($1.35 billion) rounded out the top five.

6: Chelsea

Chelsea's players celebrate their victory against Manchester United

Chelsea's players celebrate their victory against Manchester United. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Chelsea are valued at $1.37.

Rising television and shirt sponsorship revenue helped drive the average value of the top 20 clubs to $1.16 billion, a staggering 84 percent jump from five years ago.

7: Arsenal

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (right) celebrates with teammate Francis Coquelin

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (right) celebrates with teammate Francis Coquelin. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Forbes has listed Arsenal at the 7th spot at a value of $1.31.

Eight of the top 20 teams are from the English Premier League, which Forbes credited to both a rise in the British pound relative to the euro and U.S. dollar and a lucrative new domestic TV deal starting from the 2016-17 season.

8: Liverpool

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Liverpool are at number 8 and are valued at $982.

9: Juventus

Juventus' Fernando Llorente, Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli and Andrea Pirlo celebrate

Juventus' Fernando Llorente, Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli and Andrea Pirlo celebrate. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Serie A champions Juventus ($837 million), AC Milan ($775 million), Inter Milan ($439 million) and Napoli ($353 million) are the only Italian teams to crack the top 20 but none were higher than ninth place.

10: AC Milan

AC Milan players celebrate

AC Milan players celebrate. Photograph: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

AC Milan $775 rounds off the top ten most valuable football teams in the world.

Forbes said the once-great Serie A brand has been undermined over the past decade by match-fixing scandals, antiquated stadiums, rising debts and a decline in talent on the pitch.

For the complete list visit (http://Forbes.com/soccer)

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