With huge sponsorship deals, epic merchandising exploits and hotly contested broadcasting rights, there is no doubt that football today is a big business. So much so in fact, that business magazine Forbes have been ranking the most valuable football clubs in the world for the past 12 years. According to their latest report from May of 2015, the following five footballing giants are also the most valuable clubs on the face of the earth.
5. Manchester City – $1.38 Billion
Since being taken over by Abu Dhabi based billionaires in 2008, Manchester City’s stock has literally been rising immeasurably, to the point that in 2015 the club is worth an estimated $1.38 billion. That is up an astonishing $517 million from $863 million last year, when the club were down in seventh place in this list.
Much of the Sky Blue’s increase in worth is down to a comparable rise in revenue for the 2013/14 season which totalled an estimated $562 million. That revenue breaks down as $77 million from matchdays, $216 million from broadcasting rights and agreements and $269 million from sponsorship, merchandising and other commercial interests.