FC Bayern has defended its fourth place in the ranking of the most valuable football clubs in the world. But there is also a trend that is increasingly threatening the record champions.
Real Madrid, Liverpool FC and – new – Eintracht Frankfurt are among the most valuable clubs in Europe.
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The dominance of the top 5 leagues in Europe continues to increase. This is a result of the current report presented by the data analysis platform “Football Benchmark” this Thursday. Since 2016, the corporate values of the top European clubs have been presented and recorded together based on the five pillars of profitability, popularity, sporting potential, TV revenue and ownership rights to the stadium.
For the fourth time in a row, Real Madrid is the most valuable club in the world. After the previous year, which was overshadowed by the corona pandemic, the Champions League finalist, like the majority of the top 32 shown, increased its value. The Royal increase by eight percent to 3,184 billion euros.
Behind them, Manchester United (2,883 billion / +8 percent) pushed FC Barcelona into third place. The Catalans’ rating fell two percent to 2,814 following the recent financial turmoil.
Liverpool and Man City get closer to Bayern
Fourth remains FC Bayern, which according to “Football Benchmark” calculations is now worth 2,749 billion euros, five percent more than a year earlier. But: The pursuers are getting closer to the German subscription champions.
Both fifth-placed Liverpool (2,556bn/+12%) and sixth-placed Manchester City (2,483bn/+14%) posted larger gains and reflect a broader trend: because they are weathering the pandemic better than their peers the Premier League is becoming increasingly dominant in European football. Ten of the 32 clubs in the ranking come from England, compared to last year West Ham United (16th) and Aston Villa (30th) are new.
Frankfurt is new, BVB slips a bit, Schalke is out
The third newcomer in the ranking is Eintracht Frankfurt. The Europa League winner comes in 23rd place with an enterprise value of 428 million euros and is the third Bundesliga club among the top 32 alongside Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. Despite a slight increase (+1 percent), BVB lost one position and is now 13th with €1,226 billion; Atletico Madrid passed.
Alongside Olympique Marseille and Fenerbahce, Bundesliga returnees FC Schalke 04, who are still 15th in 2021, are no longer represented. The biggest increase came from Serie A champions AC Milan, who entered the top 15 with a 35 percent increase (578 million).
Only a quartet does not play in the top 5 league
After last year’s 15 per cent drop due to the coronavirus, the 32 most valuable clubs together saw an average increase of 10 per cent, although their combined total of €37bn fell short of the record set in 2020 (€39.7bn). “Football is returning to normal,” said Andrea Sartori, Founder and CEO of Football Benchmark.
It is striking that with Ajax Amsterdam, Galatasaray, FC Porto and Benfica Lisbon, only four representatives of the top 32 do not play in one of the top five European leagues. The dominance of the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 is greater than ever. A whopping 96 percent of all company values in the top 32 are accounted for by these five leagues.