Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League finale was viewed by more than 3 million viewers across Fox platforms.
The match drew 1,762,000 viewers on FOX, which was up 5 percent from last year’s final between Madrid and rival Atletico Madrid.
The game on FOX Deportes had 1,241,000 viewers. Also the game drew 56,116 viewers on FOX Sports GO.
That adds up to 3,059,116 total viewers.
Real Madrid’s victory gives the club 12 total European titles and their second consecutive.
Manchester United sits atop the list of the World’s Most Valuable Soccer teams, according to Forbes Magazine.
This is the first time that the club has reached the top spot. According to Forbes, Manchester United is worth $3.69 billion and generated revenues of $765 million during the 2015-16 season.
Barcelona is second with a current value of $3.64 million, followed by Real Madrid at $3.58 million. Real Madrid, winners of the last two UEFA Champions League titles, held the No. 1 spot for the previous four years (2013-16).
Bayern Munich ($2.71 billion) and Manchester City ($2.08 billion) round out the top five.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid generated $688 million.
The second half of the top 10 is predominately English Premier League teams: Arsenal ($1.93), Chelsea ($1.85) and Liverpool ($1.49) are sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Tottenham Hotspur is 10th at $1.06 billion.
Juventus from Italy’s Serie A is ninth at $1.26 billion.
From Forbes: The 20 most valuable soccer teams this year are worth an average of $1.48 billion, 3% more than one year ago. The U.S. dollar rose in value relative to the euro during the past year. As a result, although not a single team declined in value year-over-year when measured in euros, 9 of the 20 teams decreased when valued in U.S. dollars.
The round of 16 begins Tuesday in UEFA Champions League play. Here are the match-ups:
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Barcelona at PSG
Borussia Dortmund at Benfica
(Second leg, March 8)
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Napoli at Real Madrid
Arsenal at Bayern Munich
(Second leg, March 7)
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Atletico Madrid at Bayer Leverkusen
AS Monaco at Manchester City
(Second leg, March 15)
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Leicester City at Sevilla FC
Juventus at FC Porto
(Second leg, March 14)
So I suppose it’s tempting fate to write a column about the busy summer of soccer that lies ahead and then elevate the wrong team to the final four of the UEFA CL (not that the two alert Barcelona fans who noticed really minded).
Anyway, the corrected column is here, so mark your calendars or stick it on your fridge or whatever to ensure you don’t miss a game.
*Alpine Village near Torrance:
*Guinness will host a watch part at Hennessey’s Tavern in Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza. There will be International Champions Cup ticket giveaways, swag and specials on select Guinness drinks.
*Cock ‘n” bull Pub, Santa Monica.
Barca Bombs Bayern: Lionel Messi and Barcelona were rampant Wednesday in all but gutting Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League hopes with a masterful 3-0 win over a quality opponent that left the jaws of even cynical soccer reporters dropping (Associated Press photo).
I’d like to thank Lionel Messi and Barcelona for eloquently making the case for my weekly 100 Percent Soccer column in today’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich where the quality of soccer on display was quite simply stunning.
Next up later today: Lowly Real Salt lake against a LA Galaxy team nowhere near firing on all cylinders.