It’s rare good news for Barcelona, which had some problems last year.
Historical debts, reported by Spanish newspaper El Mundo to be more than $ 1 billion, forced Barcelona to sell some of the key figures in its squad by fire, and the recent presidential election will hope to quell hostility in the ranks.
Attempts are also being made to keep star Lionel Messi, who made public his desire to leave Barcelona last year and subsequently criticized the club’s hierarchy after being forced to stay.
In February 2020, Barcelona also issued a statement stating they had “categorically” rejected responsibility for the publication of Messi’s $ 672 million deal in El Mundo.
The deal would make Messi the highest-paid athlete in sporting history, and the club said he would take legal action against the newspaper “for any damage that could be caused by this release”.
The club values are rising despite the pandemic
While Barcelona and Real occupy the first two places on the list of the rich, the Champions League winner Bayern Munich occupies third place with a value of 4.22 billion US dollars.
This means that Manchester United will drop from the top three to fourth place as the club continue their rebuilding process on the pitch. United had topped the list eleven times in the past 16 years.
United’s Premier League rivals Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur also make the top 10, including Paris Saint-Germain in ninth place.
According to Forbes, the 20 richest clubs in the world have risen an average of 30% in value over the past two years, despite the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on the game.
“The pain is far from over as match day earnings are worsening this season as most teams in Europe’s top leagues still allow few fans to play,” wrote Forbes’ Mike Ozanian.
While Real slips to second place overall, it remains at the top in terms of commercial revenue, according to Forbes. The club raised $ 424 million last season through sponsorship deals, advertising, and kit deals. It still holds the most valuable jersey and equipment offerings in the world of football.