Top 20: Most valuable clubs in world football

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Manchester United are considered the most valuable club in England according to Forbes. The Red Devils have closed the gap on the number one spot thanks to their new ten year kit deal with Adidas, that will earn the Manchester club £74 million a year.

The deal is one of the most lucrative kit deals in football with the second also belonging to United, a partnership deal with Chevrolet worth £50 million a year. In terms of value United sit in third behind the Classico pair.

Real Madrid are top of the list for the third year in a row thanks to their £500 million revenue stream, the most amount of any sports team in the world.

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The second Galactico project has proved fruitful on and off the field as the Madrid club won an unprecedented tenth European title, and are looking to become the first team to defend the Champions League.

Real's rivals Barcelona are second on the list thanks to their kit deals with Nike and Qatar Airways, which earn the club £54 million a year. The Catalonian club also have the most amount of social media followers, a figure which stands at an incredible 96 million followers.

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The next nearest English team are United's neighbours Manchester City who currently lie in fifth, closely followed by Londoners Chelsea.

The Premier League clubs are only going to climb the list thanks to their new television deal, which will net the league £1.81 billion in three years. The deal will commence at the start of the 2016/17 season and only includes domestic television revenue.

In comparison, France, Italy and Germany's domestic and international television deals only amount to £2 billion. Tuppence compared to the Premier League's earning potential, definitely making it the richest in football.

Top 20 Most Valuable Clubs

1. Real Madrid £2.19 billion

2. Barcelona £2.12 billion

3. Manchester United £2.08 billion

4. Bayern Munich £1.58 billion

5. Manchester City £925 million

6. Chelsea £919 million

7. Arsenal £879 million

8. Liverpool £659 million

9. Juventus £561 million

10. AC Milan £520 million

11. Borussia Dortmund £469 million

12. Paris Saint-Germain £425 million

13. Tottenham £402 million

14. Schalke 04 £384 million

15. Inter Milan £294 million

16. Atletico Madrid £292 million

17. Napoli £237 million

18. Newcastle £234 million

19. West Ham United £207 million

20. Galatasaray £197 million

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