Football is where all the money is! Being the most popular sport in the world, Football has caught the imagination of the masses like no other game has done. The affluent people have encashed this and made football a money spinner for them. With huge investments and endorsements, Football clubs are getting richer and richer. These football clubs not only earn from ticket entries & sponsorship deals but also by selling merchandise and playing in the UEFA tournaments.
Deloitte has recently released its Football Money League and according to it, Manchester United is the richest club in the world and became the first club to surpass a £500 million turnover leaving behind Real Madrid. Here is the list of the 10 richest football clubs in the world based on Deloitte.
10. Juventus (£255.1 million)
This Old Lady of Turin is an Italian giant is place on no.10th on richest football clubs list. They are a Serie A champions for the previous 5 editions and have also reached the finals of UCL in two years back. With huge fan base in Italy and also all around the world, Russian billionaires are valued at $1.29 billion and with their stadium always filled to the brim they generate a revenue of £255.1 million. The club’s revenue main sources are sponsorship deal with Jeep and as per reports, over 1.5 million shirt sales last season.
9. Liverpool (£302 million)
Another English club in the list, this English giant are on a downhill. Having not won the Premier League for more than 20 years, the red giants are on this list only because of their glorious past and the immense fan base that they have all around the globe. They generate a revenue of about £302 million.
8. Chelsea (£334.6 million)
Chelsea is backed by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and has changed the fortune of Chelsea since taking over the club in 2003. Chelsea has won Premier League several times after that and also have a UCL in their trophy cabinet. The club is valued at $1.66 billion and also generate revenue of $505 million.
7. Arsenal (£350.4 million)
The Gunners are becoming underachievers off late. It has been long since they last won a major silverware. But their attractive football enthrals one and all and they have a plethora of fans. A season ticket to watch Wenger’s side is the most expensive in Britain.
6. Paris St-Germain (£389.6 million)
This is the first time PSG have dropped out of the top 5 spot since they bought up by Qatar Sports Investments for €120 million. The club’s main striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sold to Manchester United last year.
5. Manchester City (£392.6 million)
Man City are currently the fifth richest club in world football with earning £392.6m. Owned by UAE mega-rich Sheikh Mansour, Man City have taken the Premier League by storm. They have the largest growth in revenue over 10 years. This is the first time Manchester City have placed in the top 5 despite lost to Real Madrid in the UCL semi-finals.
4. Bayern Munich (£442.7 million)
The Bavarian Giants are both big spenders and big earners. The club has a rich history and is loved by most football fans. There is 25% increase in income of Bayern Munich over the last season after they won their 25th Bundesliga title and DFB-Pokal Final.
3. Real Madrid (£463.8 million)
The Galacticos are 3rd on the list this year despite winning the Champions League and a steady annual revenue gain of 7%.
2. FC Barcelona (£463.8 million)
This Catalan Club is a delight to watch when on a field. This club generates a lot of revenue from the sponsorships deals. They generate a revenue of about $463m.
1. Manchester United (£515.3 million)
The Red Devil’s is one of the most popular clubs and has large numbers of fans across the world. The first football club to be listed on the stock market, MAN U has its status as the most powerful club in English football intact. The club has never gone out from the top three and for the first time, Manchester United became the richest football clubs in the world in last 12 years. The sponsorship deals with Chevrolet and Adidas and a return to the Champions League boost the club revenue.