Despite being thought of as being bankrupt and in financial ruin, FC Barcelona have been named the most valuable football club in the world.
We would ask you to work that one out, but a report by Forbes appears to have come up with that conclusion.
It has been claimed that Blaugrana’s value rose by 30% from two years ago, despite the current pandemic having obliterated most – if not all – finances from a football club.
They took the number one sport with a value of $4.76 billion, which is slightly more than arch-rivals, Real Madrid, who were valued at $4.75 billion.
In fact, FC Barcelona’s rise meant that they took the top spot from Los Blancos and knocked the Spanish giants from their perch at the top of the tree for so long. Betting on the duo at betting24.fi has been incredibly fun for bettors who enjoy the La Liga action in recent years, though.
Having joined Real Madrid in the top two positions for the last 16 consecutive years, Manchester United have seen their go to $4.2 billion; enough to put them just fourth on the list compiled by fourth.
Between the Red Devils and Los Blancos sit FC Bayern Munich in third, as the German’s have amassed a valuation that is thought to be worth $4.21 billion.
Of course, their recent performances in world football – having continued to dominate the German Bundesliga and win the UEFA Champions League last season – will have helped to see their value rise to what it is currently believed to be.
Liverpool currently occupy fifth position on the Forbes list, with a value of $4.1 million, whilst a number of other English Premier League clubs follow them.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all follow, whilst Paris Saint-Germain sit between the two north London rivals in the list.
Of the top 10, only Spurs have a greater debt than Manchester United as their debt value is said to be 39%, whilst United are at 16% with the Spanish giants each having just 6% debt values.
There are only a few football clubs that can be considered debt-free, but it should not come as a surprise when you consider who their respective owners are: Billionaires.
Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, PSG, Everton and Chelsea are those sides who do not have any debts.
Each of the sides will expect to see their values continue to increase in the coming years as well, with all of them vying for big honours. Well, all but Everton, anyways.