Saturday 29 April 2017

United and Beckham top Forbes lists

David Beckham continues to dominate the list of highest-paid players. Photo: Getty Images
David Beckham continues to dominate the list of highest-paid players. Photo: Getty Images

Martyn Ziegler

Manchester United and David Beckham continue to lead the Forbes lists of the most valuable teams and highest-paid players.

The American business magazine ranks United as being worth 1.86bn US dollars (€1.26bn), ahead of Real Madrid (€1.01bn) and Arsenal (€791m).

Two other Premier League sides are in the top 10, with Chelsea (€452m) in seventh place and Liverpool (€375m) in ninth.

England midfielder Beckham continues to dominate the list of highest-paid players thanks to recent endorsement deals with Pepsi and Electronic Arts.

His earnings last year were estimated at 40m US dollars (€27m), ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (€26m) and Lionel Messi (€21m).

It is the seventh consecutive year that United have topped the Forbes list and Real Madrid and Arsenal, now under the control of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, remain second and third.

Barcelona have dropped to fifth place however, with German side Bayern Munich leapfrogging the Catalan team.

AC Milan are the highest-placed Italian side on the list in sixth place, with Juventus in eighth and Inter Milan 10th.

The full lists will be published in Forbes magazine's May 9 issue.

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