Sir Jim Ratcliffe: Man United have £5bn truth that explains decision

Manchester United

Manchester United are the most valuable football team in the world, according to insights from a new report. This explains Sir Jim Ratcliffe decision.

While Manchester United may continue to struggle on the pitch it appears to have done little to slow its growth prospects off it.

While Erik ten Hag’s men have an FA Cup final to look forward to at the end of the month they could yet end up without any kind of European football to look forward to next season, with the chastening 4-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Monday leaving the club eighth and intensifying the pressure on the Dutch boss.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe made the right decision

US sports business website Sportico has been producing team valuations across sports for a number of years, using data analysis and a number of metrics to determine the value.

The 2024 Sportico list of the most valuable ‘soccer’ teams on the planet has Manchester United at the very summit. Valuing the club at $6.2bn (£5bn), ahead of Real Madrid in second ($6.06bn), Barcelona in third ($5.28bn), Liverpool in fourth ($5.11bn), and fifth-placed Bayern Munich ($4.8bn).

Neighbours Manchester City, despite the highest revenues in world football and a string of trophies over the past decade, has a valuation of $4.75bn (£3.8bn). According to the report, they are placed sixth on the list.

United held top spot in Sportico’s 2023 valuations with a figure of $5.95bn (£4.77bn), meaning that the club’s value has increased by £230m over the past 12 months.

For context, despite Chelsea’s efforts to raise the value of the club under the ownership of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, the West London side has remained static in its Sportico valuation. Staying at $3.47bn (£2.78bn), a sum £280m more than the purchase price.

The £5bn valuation for United means that Ratcliffe appears to have already made a smart move at a £1.25bn price, with 27.7% of the club, based on the £5bn, worth £1.38bn.

For United, if they could align competitive success with financial success once more, they have a clear path to becoming the most dominant brand in football, potentially in all of world sport.

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