Aston Villa named on football rich list as value rockets after NSWE investment

Aston Villa are the 22nd most expensive club in world football as Forbes published their soccer rich list for 2024. Villa join the elite and highest profile clubs on the planet and Forbes declare that they have raised their year-on-year value by 6%. Villa's value now stands at a mammoth $800m.

The Lions' profile around the globe and their level of performance on the pitch has skyrocketed since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens took the wheel in 2018. In the space of six years, Villa have been dragged back from the brink of oblivion and now they are preparing for their first ever campaign in the modern-day Champions League under Unai Emery.

It's a club transformed, and because of the work conducted by those in the footballing sphere, but also those on the business side of the club, they continue to head in one direction. That is reflected in the club's current value, and their revenue - which Forbes list as $257m. Their operating income, by comparison, is said to be -$59m.

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Of their overall value, broadcasting (distributions from league, cup and European competitions) accounted for more than 60% of it ($518m), commercial (sponsorships, merchandising and commercial operations) was worth $114m, branding $103m and match-day revenue (gate receipts and corporate hospitality) worth the remaining $65m.

Real Madrid ($6.6b) remain number one, while Manchester United are in 2nd. Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain make up a predictable head of the list, while Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid then follow. Interestingly, the influence of MLS clubs around the world continues to grow.

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LAFC are in 15th, worth £1.2b and with a year-on-year value rise of 20%. Inter Miami are worth a little less but their value rise from a year ago has staggeringly shot up by 72%. LA Galaxy, Atlanta United and New York City FC are also MLS sides who are currently valued higher than Villa. West Ham and Inter Milan are the other sides who make up the 21 clubs from around the world who currently sit above Villa.

Just beneath Villa on the 30-strong club list are Fulham, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Seattle Sounders, DC United, Austin FC, Brighton and Hove Albion and Toronto FC. You can see the full list of clubs and their respective values by clicking here.

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