Manchester United usurps Real Madrid as world's most valuable football club

Diego Costa keeps the ball away from five of his team-mates during the session

Diego Costa keeps the ball away from five of his team-mates during the session

The success of Manchester United's commercial strategy is emphasised in the massive revenue gap of $77 million - the different between Manchester United and both Barcelona and Real Madrid. That was a testament to the team's powerful brand and marketing acumen, Forbes said in a statement.

While Barcelona are valued at 2.82 billion pounds, Zinedine Zidane's side, who has been finishing at the top for the past four years, fell to third, with a value of 2.77 billion pounds.

Forbes also said the average value of the top 20 teams rose 3 per cent over previous year to US$1.48 billion.

United ended their season at the sixth position on the Premier League table but managed to guarantee themselves a spot in the Champions League by winning the Europa League final.

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Manchester United appear to have won the ongoing battle of wills with Real Madrid over the future of star goalkeeper David de Gea after the Spanish giants appear to have finally admitted defeat in their pursuit of the Old Trafford hero. Bayern Munich are the top of three Bundesliga clubs in fourth place.

Sheik Mansour's Manchester City rise one place to fifth with a value of $2.08 billion - up 8% on previous year - followed by Stan Kroenke's Arsenal ($1.93 billion), Roman Abramovich's Chelsea ($1.85 billion) and Liverpool ($1.49 billion), owned by Americans John Henry and Tom Werner. And finally, the Champions League, the money-spinner, plays a huge part in determining the most valuable football teams.

Tottenham rounded out the top 10 with a value of $1.06 billion.

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