Man United world’s most valuable soccer club

Manchester United has been ranked soccer’s most valuable team by

Forbes magazine for the seventh year in a row, while Barcelona’s

valuation has dropped.

Taking into account income, profitability and debt levels, the

American business magazine’s valuation of Man United has risen

slightly to $1.9 billion.

United is again followed by Real Madrid and Arsenal, but

Barcelona has been dislodged from fourth place in the rankings by

Bayern Munich, with the valuation of the Spanish champions slipping

below the $1-billion mark to $975 million.

Forbes executive editor Mike Ozanian says Barcelona’s decline is

due to ”a combination of high debt, a stronger U.S. dollar and

uncertainty surrounding the financial stability of the media

company that broadcasts their games.”