Real Madrid, Manchester United rated most valuable clubs

Real Madrid and Manchester United have been rated as the most valuable clubs in the world in an annual study by auditing giant KPMG.

“Football Clubs’ Valuation: The European Elite” estimated Madrid and United as being worth €2.9 billion at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Barcelona are third, valued at €2.8bn, ahead of Bayern Munich, rated at €2.2bn.

Arsenal (€1.7bn) complete the top five, with the next three places occupied by Manchester City (€1.6bn), Chelsea (€1.5bn) and Liverpool (€1.3bn).

Juventus, worth €983 million, and Paris Saint-Germain (€843m) complete the top 10.
KPMG Head of Sports Network Jean-Luc Leroux said: “It’s a study that associates several criteria.

“These include the popularity of clubs with their number of followers on social media, their sporting potential given the value of their players, TV rights and their ownership situation, notably of the stadiums.

“It allows clubs to compare themselves with each other, to see where they are in the European hierarchy and how they progress from one season to another.”
PSG are ambitious to move further up the rankings, with L’Equipe reporting that owners Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) hope to increase the club’s value to €1.5bn by 2020.

The club was worth just over €100m when QSI took over in 2011, and €540m following the 2014-15 season.

But the stumbling block could prove to be the Parc des Princes which, with a capacity of 48,000, does not provide the scope needed to push the club forward.

QSI plans to increase capacity at the stadium, owned by the City of Paris, to 60,000, but Leroux said: “If they owned their stadium, they would make a leap forward. Without that, it’s more complicated.”
KPMG reports on all aspects of football finance, including assessing the most successful spenders in the transfer market and an annual overview of trends in football finance.

Top 10 clubs

  1. Real Madrid (€2.9bn)
  2. Manchester United (€2.9bn)
  3. Barcelona (€2.8bn)
  4. Bayern Munich (€2.2bn)
  5. Arsenal (€1.7bn)
  6. Manchester City (€1.6bn)
  7. Chelsea (€1.5bn)
  8. Liverpool (€1.3bn)
  9. Juventus (€983 million)
  10. Paris Saint-Germain (€843m)

Bournemouth’s  Eddie Howe  wins March Manager of the Month award

Eddie Howe has been named the premier league Manager of the month, after guiding his side to two wins and a draw in March.

Bournemouth fine form was recognised as Howe took the manager’s award, Bournemouth’s Josh King and Artur Boruc were  missed out on the player of the month award.

Howe oversaw a 1-1 draw at Manchester United and wins against West Ham and Swansea as the Cherries pulled nine points clear of the relegation places.
‘It feels really good,’ Howe said when picking up the award.
‘It was such an important month for us.

‘The fact we were able to pick up seven points and go unbeaten means everything to us at this moment.’

Howe’s win means Antonio Conte will have to rely on a good month in April or May to see if he can win a record fourth award in a single season.

The Italian already holds the record for most months won in a row, having picked up the award in October, November and December.

Carlo Ancelotti (2010/11), Claudio Ranieri (2015/16) and Sir Alex Ferguson (2006/07) are the only other managers to have won it three times in a single campaign.

Six managers were included in the shortlist for this month’s award with Sam Allardyce, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Craig Shakespeare the others missing out.

Romelu Lukaku  wins March Player of The Month award

Romelu Lukaku has been named Premier League player of the month for March.

Lukaku scored four times in three games, becoming the first Everton player to hit the 20-goal mark in the Premier League era.

The Belgian’s first came in a 3-2 defeat at Tottenham, and he then scored and registered an assist against West Brom before netting twice in a 4-0 win over Hull.
“I’m really happy,” said Lukaku, whose next assignment is Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield

“It gives me another boost. I’m playing well at the minute and the team is doing really well.”

Lukaku saw off competition from  a six-man shortlist including Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum, Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho and Nathan Redmond of Southampton.

Andros Townsend  wins March goal of the month award

Crystal Palace’ Andros Townsend has won the premier league goal of the month for his solo run and finish for Palace at West Brom.
The Crystal Palace star fended off competition from Fernando Llorente, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Robert Huth, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Oumar Niasse to claim the prize after his solo effort against West Brom.

Townsend said: “I shrugged off Leko and Christian [Benteke] ran away so he left me the space, and even though I had nothing left I thought ‘I’m going to have to go for this.’

“It ended up as a two-v-two attack and thankfully I scored the goal.
“It’s definitely up there as one of the best in my career. I’ve been criticised that I’m a great scorer of goals, but not a great goalscorer.

“I’ve scored one for Spurs from a similar distance against Swansea, and a couple for England against Italy and Montenegro as well as another for Leyton Orient against Yeovil from a similar distance, so I’ve scored quite a few!”

Latest Football News 

  • ​Watford have announced midfielder Tom Cleverley’s loan spell from Everton will be made into a permanent transfer. Cleverley has signed a five-year deal with the Hornets, moving for an undisclosed fee, with the transfer to be formalised from July 1.

  • Manchester United have held initial talks with Napoli forward Dries Mertens.

  • United will trigger the £85m release clause in Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann’s contract at the end of the season.
  • Atletico Madrid are prepared to part with Manchester United target Jose Maria Gimenez – but the 22-year-old Uruguay defender has a £56m release clause.
  • Atletico Madrid will challenge Chelsea for the signing of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, this summer.
  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could be interested in signing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

  • Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has told Barcelona that is willing to move to Camp Nou this summer.
  • Chelsea believe they have beaten Manchester City in the race to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has told owner Roman Abramovich he does not want midfielder Eden Hazard, 26, to be sold, as Real Madrid are said to be planning a world-record £100m bid for the Belgian.

  • Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is ready to sell 25-year-old playmaker James Rodriguez this summer, with the club hoping to recoup most of the £68m they paid for the Colombia international. Chelsea and Liverpool have both been linked with Rodriguez.
  • Liverpool are plotting summer moves for Real Madrid midfielders James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio. The duo would likely cost a combined £92 million in the current market.
  • Liverpool are the latest club to show an interest in Sampdoria attacker Luis Muriel. Inter, Roma, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are also interested. 

  • Manchester City and Manchester United have both made concrete enquiries about Bayern Munich wonderkid Joshua Kimmich.
  • Jose Mourinho has said he allowed Bastian Schweinsteiger to join Chicago Fire because he did not treat him “right” at Manchester United.
  • United defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones suffered “long-term injuries” while on duty with England, Jose Mourinho has said.

  • Juventus are once again interested in signing Andre Gomes.
  • AS Roma star Kostas Manolas has refused to rule out a possible summer exit with Inter, Chelsea and Manchester United interested.
  • Roma could sell Leandro Paredes this summer, with Liverpool interested, despite the 22-year-old Argentine midfielder being set to replace the injured Daniele de Rossi in the starting XI.
  • Schalke chief Christian Heidel has  played down speculation linking  Max Meyer with a move to Liverpool.
  • Paris Saint-Germain star Javier Pastore has distanced himself from the transfer speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea.
  • Antonio Conte has targeted Hoffenheim defender Jeremy Toljan to challenge Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso at Chelsea.
  • Chelsea and Tottenham target Domenico Berardi is wanted by Inter Milan.
  • Michael Keane is on his way out of Burnley this summer but the biggest stumbling block to a move will be the sell-on clause due to Manchester United.
  • Everton have added Hull City defender Harry Maguire to their shortlist of potential summer signings.
  • Galatasaray are set to make a bid for Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri.

  • Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed Denmark defender Andreas Christensen, 20, will return to Chelsea this summer when his two-year loan spell ends.
  • Czech Republic international striker Patrik Schick is being watched by both Arsenal and Tottenham and his agent was due to hold talks with the Premier League side on Wednesday.
  • Tottenham are preparing to step up their bid to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 24, with Moussa Sissoko, 27, and Erik Lamela, 25, potentially making way.
  • Liverpool are in danger of being given a transfer ban over claims they tapped up a 12-year-old Stoke City schoolboy player.
  • West Brom have added Gent winger Moses Simon to their summer wishlist.

  • Gabriel Jesus could be in contention to play in the FA Cup final if Manchester City get there, coach Pep Guardiola has said.
  • Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge for Saturday’s Merseyside derby, manager Jurgen Klopp has said.
  • Tottenham have confirmed their  deadline to make a decision on  playing games at Wembley next  season has been extended until the  end of April.
  • A retired 79-year-old schoolteacher has won a competition to be recognised as “the biggest Premier League fan in China”. ‘Gunner Granny Liu’ beat more than 600 rivals and will now watch the Gunners face Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday.
  • The founding partner of Brazilian investment group DIS has accused Neymar and his family of being “traitors,” while insisting the Brazil and Barcelona star can’t be a role model to children for what he’s done.
  • DIS owned a substantial stake in Neymar when the Brazil No. 10 was sold from Santos to Barcelona for upwards of €86 million in the summer of 2013, but were shorted in the deal because part of the fee was concealed by Barcelona, Santos and the company run by Neymar’s parents.
  • The Baggies remain interested in signing Leeds United’s Charlie Taylor.
  • Crystal Palace and France midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 31, is keen to join Marseille this summer.
  • West Ham, Stoke, Everton and Sunderland want Dynamo Kiev and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, 27.
  • Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has emerged as a transfer target for Turkish giants Galatasaray.
  • David Moyes has insisted sacking him will not solve struggling Sunderland’s problems as they fight for Premier League survival.
  • Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has met Billy Gilmour’s parents as he tries to prevent the highly rated 15-year-old from joining Chelsea.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Jose Mourinho is gearing up a for a £70m battle with former club Chelsea for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

  • Chelsea are willing to spend up to £70m on a marquee striker this summer, but are debating over whether to sign Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, or Real Madrid and Spain’s 24-year-old forward Alvaro Morata.
  • Eden Hazard has dropped a hint that he could be staying with Chelsea after declaring his children are happy in London.
  • Chelsea are set to offer Nathan Ake to nab star defender Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton.
  • The Blues are set to send Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan next season with Premier League clubs circling.

  • Monaco have told Real Madrid it will cost them a staggering £112million to sign teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.
  • Manchester United will demand in excess of £66million for David De Gea should Real Madrid reignite their interest in the Spaniard again this summer.
  • United have started investigating alternative goalkeeping options like Inter’s Samir Handanovic and Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, amid growing worries that David de Gea could leave for Real Madrid in the summer.
  • Jose Mourinho says it will be “impossible” to take Neymar from Barcelona, and that it would be “absurd” for him to ask the Old Trafford club to try.
  • United are stepping up their efforts to sign Monaco’s £40m-rated midfielder and Chelsea target Tiemoue Bakayoko.
  • Barcelona have reportedly delayed contract negotiations with Lionel Messi.

  • Lionel Messi has asserted his innocence after being hit with a four-match international ban for verbally abusing a match official in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile last week, saying he was yelling “to the air.”
  • Real Madrid ace James Rodriguez has his heart set on a summer move to Bayern Munich despite Liverpool’s £52m plot.
  • Liverpool are ready to join the battle for the services of young Bundesliga midfielder Max Meyer, dubbed the ‘German Dele Alli”.
  • Liverpool and Arsenal are interested in Real Madrid’s 21-year-old attacking midfielder Marco Asensio.
  • Everton say defender Ramiro Funes  Mori is likely to miss the rest of the  season after suffering a torn  meniscus playing for Argentina.
  • German midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud has reportedly decided to join Borussia Dortmund, rejecting a move to Liverpool.
  • Sergio Ramos, 30, has advised Spain team-mate and Tottenham target Isco, 24, not to leave Real Madrid.

  • Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, said he is happy in London but added that he wanted to play for a team that has “a winning mentality”.
  • However, Sanchez could also be convinced to see out the final 14 months of his contract at Arsenal.
  • Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, has revealed his family would prefer that he left the club at the end of the season.
  • Mesut Ozil has refused to rule out a return to the Bundesliga as his contract talks with Arsenal are put on hold.
  • Arsenal’s Sunday showdown with Manchester City is set to decide Arsene Wenger’s fate.
  • Meanwhie, Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal he wants to sign new two-year contract.
  • Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has held talks with Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez in London before the international break.
  • Bournemouth will go all-out to entice Jermain Defoe back to the south coast next term – to keep him on track for the World Cup.
  • Jermain Defoe can leave Sunderland on a free transfer if they are relegated from the Premier League due to a clause in his contract.
  • West Brom defender Gareth McAuley  has signed a one-year deal to remain at the The Hawthorns until 2018.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have joined the race for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, who is also a target for Tottenham and West Ham.
  • Chicago Fire’s Bastian Schweinsteiger was asked if he can win the World Cup with his new side by a confused American reporter.
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger revealed he did not get the chance to say goodbye to his Man Utd team-mates before signing for Chicago Fire.
  • Liverpool have re-opened contract talks with defender Dejan Lovren.
  • Danish left-back Riza Durmisi says he’s flattered by Liverpool’s interest in him – but he’s happy at Real Betis.
  • Rafa Benitez has no intention of quitting Newcastle United for West Ham.
  • Martin O’Neill will seek talks with Everton manager Ronald Koeman after stating that James McCarthy did nothing wrong in declaring himself fit to play for the Republic of Ireland against Wales last week.
  • Former England striker Carlton Cole is to be reunited with ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien after joining Indonesia club Persib Bandung. The 33-year-old forward, who spent the bulk of his playing career at West Ham, signed a one-year deal before the start of the new Liga 1 season.
  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested it would be “impossible” to ever manage Barcelona.

  • The sculptor behind the Cristiano  Ronaldo statue has defended his  work and insisted the Real Madrid  forward is happy with the final  product.
  • Fifa is proposing a six-nation play-off tournament to decide the last two places at the expanded 48-team World Cup in 2026.
  • Fifa has opened proceedings against Wales full-back Neil Taylor after his leg-breaking challenge on Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman.
  • Leicester City are apparently among a host of clubs tracking Oxford full-back, Marvin Johnson.
  • Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has emerged as a potential candidate for the West Ham job if the owners decide in the summer that Slaven Bilic is not the man to take the club forward in the long term.
  • A feisty Scarborough amateur cup final was abandoned after the referee is attacked by supporter.
  • Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean has surprised a team of children with Down’s syndrome following a social media appeal. Londonderry’s Oxford Bulls was formed in October 2015 but have struggled to find another team to play against.
  • A plea was put out on social media several weeks ago to try to find them some competitors. The team’s manager then received a message from West Brom star McClean, which he thought was a “wind-up”. “Out of the blue I get a message from the man himself, James McClean, on Facebook,” Kevin Morrison said.

Bizarre Ronaldo statue unveiled in airport naming event 

​Football fans have been questioning the resemblance of a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Many on social media say the work looks more like former Republic of Ireland captain Niall Quinn than Ronaldo.

The decision to officially add the Real Madrid star’s name to the airport, so it is now called the “Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo,” was made by local regional government chief Miguel Albuquerque after Ronaldo captained Portugal to the Euro 2016 success last summer.
Although there has been some criticism of the idea from both locals on the island and politicians on Portugal’s mainland, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Antonio Costa both attended the ceremony, which included the unveiling of a plaque featuring the airport’s new name and a bust of the player’s head.

“Thank you for being here in my honour,” Ronaldo is quoted by O Jogo as saying at the event. “To see my name given to this airport is something very special, everyone knows that I am proud of my land and my country.
“I thank a lot the president of the regional government, who had the courage and strength to do this. My friend Miguel Albuquerque, I never asked for this, but I am very happy and honoured.

“I know that there were some people who did not agree, but I am not a hypocrite and I accept that some of those are here at this moment. That is all OK, we are all free, we live in a democracy and everyone has the right to their own opinion. I always prefer for those who have a position to say it openly, and not hide behind someone who speaks for them.

“I know the responsibility I have. I will always try to dignify Portugal and especially Madeira with dedication and a spirit of sacrifice and passion.”

Rebelo de Sousa said at the ceremony that “genius” Ronaldo “will always be an example” and that the renaming of the airport “was an exceptional decision for an exceptional personality, who we are convinced will never disappoint us.”

The event took place the day after Portugal hosted Sweden in a friendly, with Ronaldo opening the scoring before the visitors came back to win 3-2.
Ronaldo was born in Funchal in Madeira in 1985, and moved to Lisbon aged 12 to continue his football education at Sporting Lisbon, before going on to great success at Manchester United and Madrid, while making a record 138 appearances for Portugal and scoring a record 71 goals.

Funchal’s landmark waterside square has in recent years become known informally as the “Praca CR7,” as it is now home to Ronaldo’s personal museum, a 3.4 metre tall bronze statue of the player, and the Pestana CR7 Funchal hotel.

Ronaldo has also received a number of prestigious personal awards from the island’s authorities, including the “Medalla de Merito de la Asamblea Legislativa,” the region’s highest honour.