Europe’s top clubs lose more than £5bn in value during pandemic

May 27, 2021
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Europe’s top 32 football clubs have had 6.1bn euros (£5.27bn) wiped off their value since February 2020, says KPMG.

The fall ends five years of growth and is largely attributed to a loss of broadcast and matchday income because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Real Madrid top the study which looks at profitability, broadcasting rights, popularity, sporting potential and stadium value.

Barcelona leapfrogged Manchester United into second place.

Business services group KPMG found that the Old Trafford club’s “enterprise value” fell by 20% compared with 2020, seeing them slip to third in a table they topped in 2017 and 2018.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s on-field decline contributed to their fall out of the top 10 clubs, while West Ham were among three clubs to be replaced in the rankings by newcomers Marseille, Atalanta and Fenerbahce.

However, the Premier League still dominates the study, providing eight of the 32 clubs listed and accounting for 39% of a combined 33.6bn euros valuation.KPMG'S 'enterprise value' top 10

Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham all sit in the top 10, with the Gunners 11th, Everton 18th and Leicester City 20th.

Italy is the next-best represented country with seven clubs – AC Milan, Atalanta, Juventus, Lazio, Napoli, Roma and Inter Milan – while Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal make up Spain’s group of six clubs.

KPMG says the enterprise value of a club is calculated as the sum of the value of the owners’ equity, plus total debt, less cash and cash equivalents and indicates what a business is worth regardless of its capital structure.

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