Man U world’s most valu­able soc­cer club

Times Colonist - - Business -

NEW YORK — Manch­ester United has been rated by Forbes as the world’s most valu­able soc­cer team for the sec­ond straight year. The team’s worth in­creased to $4.12 bil­lion US from $3.69 bil­lion a year ago and ranked just ahead of Real Madrid ($4.09 bil­lion) and Barcelona ($4.06 bil­lion). The mag­a­zine said Manch­ester United had nearly twice as much operating in­come as any other soc­cer team. Round­ing out the top five are Bay­ern Mu­nich ($3.06 bil­lion) and Manch­ester City ($2.47 bil­lion). Eight of the top 20 are English teams. Forbes at­tributes the dom­i­nance to the Pre­mier League’s lu­cra­tive broad­cast­ing deals. Forbes said most of the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of club value is be­cause of the de­cline in the U.S. dol­lar rel­a­tive to the Euro since last year.

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