Manchester United is the world’s most valuable football brand, replacing Bayern Munich, according to a report from consultancy Brand Finance despite enduring a second consecutive trophyless campaign.
The Old Trafford club’s brand is estimated to be worth $1.2bn (A?789m) with six of the top 10 most valuable club brands being from the English Premier League according to the report.
Manchester City and Chelsea FC complete the top five, with Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC and Tottenham the other English clubs in the top 10.
FC Barcelona, who won the Champions League final on Saturday, slipped two places from last year to sixth most valuable club, worth $773m.
Bayern Munich, meanwhile, slipped to second in the football brand table, with Real Madrid third, and Paris St-Germain in ninth. There were no Italian clubs in the top 10.
Brand Finance, is a leading international brand valuation and strategy consultancy, that uses a wide range of factors to calculate both a cluba s brand value and brand rating.
The Brand Finance report said: “Even if recent reports of fan losses are to be believed, United retains legions of followers in India, South East Asia and China, contributing to a total of over half a billion individuals and the news certainly does not appear to have deterred sponsors.”
The reports points to the club’s lucrative shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet and “record breaking” kit supply deal with Adidas, which was signed in 2014 and is worth A?750m to United over 10 years as a major reason for the increase in the ranking.
They report adds that “the huge windfalls that Man Utd can expect, will see both revenues and brand value continue to increase in the coming years”.
The report also says that the Manchester United’s brand value has increased by 63% since 2014.
“The most critical success factor in the Manchester United brand’s renewed financial potency has been this year’s record-breaking, A?5.1bn deal for the UK broadcast rights of the Premier League.”