(Reuters) – Barcelona jumped ahead of Spanish rival Real Madrid and became the most valuable club in the world, valued at $ 4.76 billion, according to a list published by business magazine Forbes on Monday.
Real Madrid, who have already topped the list five times, defeated Barcelona 2-1 in the Spanish classic on Saturday, but took second place off the pitch when valued at $ 4.75 billion.
Forbes said the average value of the top 20 clubs has increased by 30% compared to two years ago, or $ 2.28 billion, although the Covid-19 pandemic has affected income from matches, which has dropped to 441 million of dollars last season – 9.6% less than in 2017-18.
“Suffering is far from over, there is an increasingly worse decline in match income this season, as most teams in Europe’s biggest leagues still only allow a few fans to watch games,” wrote the assistant managing editor. from Forbes, Mike Ozanian.
European champion, Bayern Munich ($ 4.215 billion) is third on the list, and the English League’s “Big Six” – Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – are among the 10 most valuable .
Paris St Germain, last season’s French champions and runners-up in the Champions League, climbed to ninth place after being valued at $ 2.5 billion thanks to a 129% increase in two years – the biggest among the top 10 clubs.
(Por Rohith Nair in Bengaluru)
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