domingo, 14 de julio de 2013

Why brand Manchester United could just be bigger than The Beatles

THE Beatles’ largest gig was at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965 to a 55,600-strong crowd. Manchester United’s home gate averages 75,539.
- The Fab Four’s catchy singles notched up 17 UK No1s – a feat only achieved once by Man Utd with Come On You Reds, sung by the squad and Status Quo in 1994.
- A record 73million viewers saw The Beatles play on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US in 1964. An estimated 200million watched Man Utd’s crunch Champions League match against Real Madrid this year.
- Sir Paul McCartney is thought to be worth £680million, while striker Wayne Rooney’s net worth is a paltry £74million by comparison.
- Macca was the only Beatle to be knighted, but a host of Man Utd legends have received the honour including Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Matt Busby.
- A fan paid £660,000 for John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for All You Need Is Love in 2009. Fergie’s first team sheet as manager sold for £19,000 at auction last month.
- The Beatles make between £6.6million and £13.2million annually from merchandise, while Man Utd rake in a whopping £100million a year.
- The Beatles made five films – A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Let It Be. Meanwhile, the Red Devils have had three films made about them – United, Best and Beyond The Promised Land.
- Man United’s net worth is £2.1billion while the Fab Four are rumoured to be worth £1.6billion.
- In their long playing career Man Utd have won 61 trophies, while The Beatles have eight Grammys.
- MUFC earn £60.8million a year from TV revenue. The Beatles’ back catalogue is estimated to be worth £30million a year.
- The Beatles have 35,171,615 Facebook friends – just getting the edge on United, who have 34,296,723.
- Man Utd legends Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Eric Cantona have all been honoured with waxworks at Madame Tussauds – a score draw with the life-like imitations of all of the Fab Four.


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