April 21 (Bloomberg) -- Manchester United tops Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s most valuable soccer clubs with an estimated market value of $1.86 billion, while David Beckham is the world’s richest player.
United, owned by the Florida-based Glazer family, is followed by record nine-time European Cup winner Real Madrid, which is valued at $1.45 billion, Forbes said on its website. London-based Arsenal, which American Stan Kroenke took control of last week, is third at $1.19 billion.
Forbes determined the value using previous sales, broadcast agreements and debt. Real Madrid was ranked as soccer’s richest club by sales in a review published by accountant Deloitte LLP in February, with United third behind Barcelona.
The average value of the 20 clubs on the list increased by 1.3 percent over past year to $640 million, while operating income rose 25 percent to $40 million, Forbes said.
United, which is closing in on a record 19th English championship, led last year’s list on a value of $1.84 billion. The club’s global appeal has attracted 333 million supporters worldwide and its commercial revenue of $122 million grew at a more than 10 percent rate, Forbes said.
Bayern Munich, at $1.05 billion, was the only other club to top a billion in value, with Barcelona fifth at $975 million.
Defending Premier League champion Chelsea ranked seventh at $658 million and Liverpool, bought by American John W. Henry in October, is ninth at $552 million.
Former England captain Beckham, now playing with Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, heads the player earnings list with $40 million from salary, bonuses and endorsements, Forbes said.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is second at $38 million, followed by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year ($32 million), Real Madrid’s Kaka ($25 million) and Ronaldinho ($24 million) of Brazilian club Flamengo.
FORBES TOP 20 SOCCER TEAMS BY VALUE, SEASON 2009-10 CLUB VALUE (USD MILLIONS) 1. Manchester United 1,864 2. Real Madrid 1,451 3. Arsenal 1,192 4. Bayern Munich 1,048 5. Barcelona 975 6. AC Milan 838 7. Chelsea 658 8. Juventus 628 9. Liverpool 552 10. Inter Milan 441 11. Tottenham 412 12. Schalke 377 13. Lyon 358 14. Hamburg 340 15. Manchester City 291 16. Stuttgart 281 17. Werder Bremen 279 18. Marseille 277 19. Atletico Madrid 275 20. Borussia Dortmund 260 FORBES TOP 10 RICHEST SOCCER PLAYERS, SEASON 2009-10 PLAYER EARNINGS (USD MILLIONS) 1. David Beckham 40 2. Cristiano Ronaldo 38 3. Lionel Messi 32 4. Kaka 25 5. Ronaldinho 24 6. Thierry Henry 21 7. Wayne Rooney 20 T8. Frank Lampard 17 T8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic 17 10. Samuel Eto’o 15
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