Manchester United have slipped into second on one table this season, but fortunately it’s not really cost them anything other than a little bit of pride.
According to Forbes, the people who chronicle the richest clubs that exist, Real Madrid are worth $130 million more than United, which sees them move into the position of the most valuable football club around.
United remain the most solid English club in a financial sense, which is all that should really matter to them at the moment, regardless of Sir Alex Ferguson’s desire to dominate European football before he retires.
United hold a total value of $3.17 billion which means in short, they can be very confident in terms of matching the financial power of Manchester City and Chelsea in English football for the foreseeable future.
The gap which has been opened up by Real Madrid is not surprising considering the number of superstars the side owns, including Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most marketable living footballers.
It doesn’t take a lot of deep logic to work out that the element of the galactic nature which is still there at Real Madrid, gives them a massive financial advantage when it comes to common commercial areas like merchandising.
In short, they have more players who can increase shirt sales than possibly any other club in the world at the moment.
Where United are secure is in the way they approach big deals, which bring in big sums of money to the club. They are very fortunate to be run and controlled by people who understand that side of the football club and business.
United’s global fan base means they are more of an advertising board to any company than any other club, which guarantees them hundreds of millions of pounds in the foreseeable future, which means the gap to Real Madrid isn’t significant.
In actual fact the club seems to be looking for bigger and better sponsorship deals on a constant basis, which means that gap from Real Madrid could easily be overturned if a couple of those deals are renegotiated.
United remain nearly three times as valuable as the next English club on the list, Arsenal, rated with a value of $1.33 billion, coming before Manchester City and Chelsea who have their very wealthy owners.
United are always going to be up there and if they continue to increase the global exposure of the club, it won’t be too long before they are back at number one.
United fans, are you bothered that the club has been replaced?