Liverpool FC worth nearly $1billion!!!

Liverpool FC’s value has jumped by 42% to almost $1bn (£644m) with the club now ranked the eighth most valuable football club in the world in this year’s Forbes list.

It means the value of the club has jumped by almost $300m in just 12 months after being valued at $691m in last year’s table where the Reds were ranked in 10th place.

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Liverpool have leap-frogged Italian giants Juventus (ninth) and AC Milan (10th) primarily on the back of the recent £5.136billion domestic television deal for Premier League clubs.

Forbes go further and have named what they refer to as the Super Six – clubs which rank in the top 10 around the world in five crucial areas: social media following, matchday revenue, broadcasting revenue and commercial revenue.

Liverpool are named in that Super Six alongside Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid. Forbes says that “these teams have created a large, global following and have figured out how to monetize it.”

Based on the 2013/14 figures the Reds ranked seventh on social media, eighth on commercial and matchday revenues and ninth in TV revenue.

If that is the good news the bad news for owners FSG and chief executive Ian Ayre is that Liverpool’s Premier League rivals are expanding at just as quick or at an even greater rate.

Real Madrid retain their place as the most valuable football team in the world for a third straight year, but Manchester United could soon topple them.

The reigning European champions’ value has dropped 5% to £2.13billion this year, with Barcelona second with a value of £2.07billion.

Manchester United though are hot on their heels and are now valued at £2.03billion, up 10% and more than three times that of Liverpool.

Officials at Old Trafford signed a long-term kit sponsorship deal with US car giant Chevrolet worth a reported £53million per season.

Next term a huge £750million deal with Adidas – a “global technical sponsorship and dual branded licensing deal” running for 10 years – will commence and United believe it is the biggest kit deal in sport and may well help them surpass Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Also of concern for Liverpool will be the seemingly inexorable commercial rise of Manchester City and Chelsea.

Among the top 20 clubs, Manchester City’s value has increased the most at 59% to £905m, leaving them the fifth most valuable club while Chelsea weren’t far behind, rising 58% to £898m and sixth place.

Arsenal are also deemed more valuable than Liverpool, ranking seventh at £859m.

German giants Bayern Munich are rated the fourth most valuable club but miss out on the Super Six because of the lower broadcasting revenues available in Germany.

Altogether there are eight Premier league clubs in the world’s top 20 including Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham.


Forbes’ top 10 most valuable teams of 2015:
1) Real Madrid 3.26billion (£2.13billion)

2) Barcelona 3.16billion (£2.07billion)

3) Manchester United 3.10billion (£2.03billion)

4) Bayern Munich 2.35billion (£1.54billion)

5) Manchester City 1.38billion (£905million)

6) Chelsea 1.37billion (£898million)

7) Arsenal 1.31billion (£859million)

8) Liverpool 982million (£644million)

9) Juventus 837million (£549million)

10) AC Milan 775million (£508million)