Real Madrid Remains Europe’s Most Valuable Football Club

REAL Madrid maintains its status as the most valuable football club in Europe despite the increasingly dominant English Premier League clubs in European competition. This was revealed in a report published by Football Benchmark, Thursday (26/5).

The report ranks the 32 major European clubs, calculating their value based on their financial statements and squad values.

Real Madrid, who will face Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday (28/5), topped the list for the fourth year in a row, this year with a valuation of 3.184 billion euros.

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That figure is down from Los Blancos’ valuation in 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic, which was 3.5 billion euros.

However, the report also states that Real Madrid are among the few clubs that have continued to record profits in the two seasons that have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Real Madrid have extended their lead at the top due to success both on the pitch and on the commercial side,” said the report’s author Andrea Sartori.

The report says Real Madrid lost 84 million euros in revenue from supporters as a result of holding the competition behind closed doors.

“However, Real Madrid took full advantage of the closure of the stadium by holding construction at the Santiago Bernabeu. When the construction is completed at the end of 2022 or early 2023, it will boost Real Madrid’s income,” said Sartori.

Manchester United with a valuation of 2.9 billion euros and Barcelona 2.8 billion euros complete the top three. As for Bayern Munich and Liverpool occupy the fourth and fifth positions.

Of the 32 clubs on the list of the most valuable clubs in Europe, only four, namely Ajax, Galatasaray, Porto and Benfica, are from outside Europe’s five biggest leagues, England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France.

Ten of the 32 most valuable clubs in Europe are English clubs, showing how Premier League clubs dominate European competition.

“What propelled English clubs to success at European level was their financial success,” the report said.

“The Premier League has an operating profit of 5.1 billion euros. However, what distinguishes the Premier League from the others is the high level of their broadcast rights agreements,” the report continued. (AFP/OL-1)