Manchester City are Europe’s most valuable football club, beating Real Madrid to first place, according to a report published on Thursday, two days after Josep Guardiola’s team played the Champions League final against Inter de Milan.
The Football Benchmark Report establishes a ranking of the 32 main clubs on the continent based on a range of factors, including, for example, their financial position, squad value and their broadcast market importance.
Manchester City topped the list with an estimated value of 4,073 million euros ($4,390 million). Thus, it has overtaken Real Madrid, last year’s Champions League winner, with an estimated value of 4,006 million euros ($4,317 million), into second place.
Real Madrid had secured the first place in the last four years.
Manchester City gained five places from the 2022 list, mainly thanks to their financial results for the 2021-2022 financial year, the report notes.
Third place in the rankings goes to Manchester United with 3,930 million euros ($4,236 million), ahead of Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
In sports matters, Manchester City will have to face Inter Milan for the Champions League title. This next clash between the British and Italians would mark a milestone in history, as it would be the first time these two teams would meet in an official match. In addition, this meeting acquires a special relevance, since it will be the final of the UEFA Champions League. This fact is significant because, since the historic clash between Liverpool and AC Milan in 2005, the grand final of the tournament was not the first clash between the two teams. It should be noted that both the matches took place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.