10% of the world’s population are Manchester United fans, a recent survey has revealed.
Manchester United claim to have doubled their fan base to 659 million people worldwide, which works out to be almost a tenth of the world’s 7 billion global population.
The survey was conducted between June and August last year, when United won the Barclays Premier League and reached the Champions League final. They have had by their own high standards a relatively poor season this term, winning only the Community Shield back in August. However, Manchester United’s commercial director Richard Arnold has rejected claims this has led to a decline in global support.
“It is one of the huge myths that fans are fickle,” he said.
“Research by Barclays globally showed that 85% never change the team they support – think of that in terms of the divorce rate. It changes less often than who you are married to.
“If you have been to China or New York and seen the Beatles effect at airports and hotels then it becomes very easy to appreciate the way people feel.”
Manchester United have won an English record 19 Premier League titles, famously eclipsing Liverpool’s previous record of 18 last season, and have won the Champions League three times. They have also won the FA Cup a record 11 times.
According to Forbes magazine in April this year, the club are worth £1.4billion, making them the world’s most valuable football club for the eighth year running.