KPMG in Slovakia actively provides advisory in sport area. At the Global level, KPMG regularly ranks the most prestigious European football clubs. This year´s report shows that with a combined Enterprise Value of EUR 29.9 billion, the aggregate value of Europe’s 32 leading clubs grew by 14 percent in comparison to last season. Despite finishing far from Premier League top positions, Manchester United FC tops the list ahead of the two Spanish giants, becoming the first club to surpass the EUR 3 billion threshold in Enterprise Value. UEFA Champions League finalists, Real Madrid CF (EUR 2.9 billion) and Juventus FC (EUR 1.2 billion) stand in the second and ninth positions respectively in KPMG’s ranking.
In 2017, English Premier League clubs dominated the ranking, accounting once again for approximately 40 percent of the aggregate Enterprise Value. Moreover, as a result of the broadcasting agreement which has started this season, their position is expected to be even more prominent in next year’s report.
“The aggregate value of Europe’s 32 leading football clubs suggests that the overall value of football, as an industry, has grown. While this is partially explained by football’s broadcasting boom, the internationalization of the clubs’ commercial operations, their investment into privately-owned and modern facilities, and overall more sustainable management practices, are also key reasons for this growth,” Andrea Sartori, KPMG’s Global Head of Sports and the report’s author, commented.
This year 10 clubs were valued in excess of EUR 1 billion, two more than in 2016, with Juventus FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC being the new entrants in this elite group, the latter ousting Paris Saint-Germain FC from the 10th position.
Despite the English dominance, Spain is still the only country with two clubs reporting an EV above EUR 2 billion, namely Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona. Furthermore, the overall value of Spanish clubs in the ranking increased by 10 percent, especially as a result of Atlético de Madrid (+34 percent) and Sevilla FC’s (+44 percent).
Germany, which recorded an aggregate EV increase of 14 percent, is again represented by only three clubs. Thanks to this growth, FC Bayern München is now valued at EUR 2.4 billion and sits again in 4th position.
By contrast, UEFA Champions League finalists Juventus FC, following a winning streak of six consecutive domestic titles, mirrored their on-pitch success with a 24 percent EV growth and remained the only Italian club in the top 10. Among French clubs (reporting an overall 6 percent increase), it is remarkable that Olympique Lyonnais, now valued at EUR 317 million, scored the best result among the top 32 in terms of EV rise (71 percent).
KPMG`s “Football Clubs’ Valuation:The European Elite 2017” report aims to provide an indication of the Enterprise Value of the most prominent European football clubs as at 1 January 2017. The foundation of this report is an analysis of publicly available financial and non-financial information of the 2014/15 and 2015/16 football seasons for the most prominent 32 football clubs. It is, therefore, important to highlight that the report does not consider the business and sporting results achieved by each club in the 2016/17 football season.
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