If reports are to be believed Manchester City football club have dethroned its neighbors and archrivals Manchester United as the English Premier League’s most valuable club.
The outcome is the result of higher wages and lower profits that hurt the Old Trafford powerhouse, according to a football finance survey published Friday, May 3.
Premier League champions Manchester City are now valued at 2.364 billion pounds ($3.07 billion) in 2017/18, up 385 million, according to the study by the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Sports Business, while United are valued at pounds 2.087 billion, down 376 million.
The report said United still had the highest revenue of any club in the Premier League but increased costs meant they relinquished top spot in the valuation table.
The pair are the only two Premier League clubs valued at more than 2 billion pounds.
“Manchester City’s value increased in 2018 due to a combination of higher revenue and lower wages,” the Liverpool University report said.
“The ownership model of Sheikh Mansour which effectively means that the club is debt-free means that there are no loan interest costs and no dividends are paid to shareholders either.
“Critics of Manchester City will point out that it is part of a multi-club ownership model and that there are commercial deals with related parties which might not apply should the club be sold and therefore a prospective owner might not be willing to pay this value.”
The value of Premier League clubs decreased by 1.6 percent overall to 14.7 billion, with the ‘Big Six’ of United, City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs making up 10.9 billion — 74 percent of the total.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs show major increases, and Arsenal and Leicester show large falls due to non-participation in the Champions League.
United came third behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in Deloitte’s list of the world’s richest clubs published in January, which ranks clubs according to how much revenue they earn.