Football (soccer) is the most popular sport on the planet. Therefore, it is not surprising that football clubs are one of the richest sports organisations in the world. There is an enormous amount of money that gets pumped into football clubs, which is justified by the sport’s popularity. People fill up stadiums regardless of ticket prices, and they enjoy buying jerseys from their favourite players.
The Richest Football Clubs in the World
That said, we thought it would be interesting to collect data about the top 100 richest clubs on the globe by market value, which you can check on our infographic below. We also wanted to expand on the richest of the richest and talk a little bit about each of them. Read on!
Manchester City has gone through a renaissance in the last decade after being purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008. The success followed very soon as superstar players started to fill up the roster. The Citizens have won several Premier League titles in the last few years and are one of the most dominant football teams in Europe.
They currently have the largest market value out of all football clubs in the world with £1.11 billion and are one of only three teams to surpass the one billion pound mark.
Real Madrid has continuously been at the top of the list of the richest sports clubs in the world. They are still holding one of the top spots, but are behind Manchester City with a market value of £1.04 billion.
The Los Blancos have always been able to attract high-tier players. Acquiring Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 is the club’s most expensive signing, costing them around €94 million. It really paid off though, as Real won four Champions League titles in the last six years.
Barca is always among the top favourites of any competition. Their success in the last decade and a half is largely due to the loyalty of their star player Lionel Messi. Alongside Ronaldo, Messi is the most popular footballer on the planet, and his Barca jersey is one of the most sold sports items ever.
FC Barcelona is in the billion-pound club when it comes to market value, as it is estimated at around £1.03 billion.
Liverpool is officially back at the top of European football after winning the Champions League last season. The Reds are historically one of the best English football clubs of all time and are always looking to expand on their fortunes.
The club is currently sitting at a market value of around £930 million, which makes is the fourth richest football enterprise in the world. With another successful season already underway, it seems that Liverpool will only increase their value and maybe even take the first spot over Manchester City.
PSG was always a mediocre European club when it comes to revenue and market value, but that drastically changed in 2011 when Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) became the new majority shareholder of the team.
In the last decade, Paris Saint-Germain’s market value skyrocketed and is now at around £910 million. Although they are yet to make some significant results in the Champions League, PSG has a lot going for them, and their biggest asset right now is the Brazilian superstar Neymar. They are by far the richest French football club, having almost three times the value of second-placed Lyon.
Tottenham moved up a few places in the last several years due to their surprising success. Many would guess that Arsenal or Chelsea are the richest clubs from London, but this is not the case.
The Spurs have had a great couple of seasons, and they even finished as the runner-up in the Champions League for the first time last year. They’re performing better than ever before, which has positive effects on their wealth. Tottenham’s market value right now is at around £857 million.
Bayern is one of the highest-earning football clubs in the world and by far the richest German team. They have a record number of titles in all domestic competitions, including Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and the German Supercup.
Bayern Munich won the Champions League five times, the last time in 2013. They have stayed in the European football powerhouse for well over a century and have an estimated market value of £768 million.
While they are still behind Real and Barcelona on this list and are considered only the third-best Spanish football club, Atletico Madrid has seen some significant progress in the last decade.
Atletico won the Europa League three times since 2010 and played in the Champions League final twice during that period. They have also won back-to-back La Liga trophies in the last couple of seasons. This has spiked the club’s market value, which is currently at around £759 million.
Juve has won eight consecutive Serie A titles and is unbeaten in this competition since the 2011/12 season. They haven’t won the Champions League in a while, but are always considered to be a contender.
Juventus is the richest Italian football club and recently signed one of the most expensive players ever – Cristiano Ronaldo. They have the largest fanbase in Italy and one of the largest in the entire world. The current market value of Juventus is £728 million.
Although Chelsea had some success during the 20th century, things really turned around for the club in 2002 when it was purchased by a Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. The last 18 years are the best period in Chelsea’s history that was crowned with winning the Champions League title in 2012.
Chelsea is the eight highest-earning football club on the planet and 10th when it comes to market value. Their market value today is just above £700 million.