The popularity of a Football Club can be determined on a various scale like their social media fans. But we have ranked the top 10 clubs basis of not only social media popularity but also others factors such as Clubs Jersey sale, Sponsorship Deals and Television viewership which helps to track the club’s popularity.
Real Madrid and Barcelona has enjoyed a massive hike in popularity since 2005, they slowly overtook Premier league giants Manchester United and Chelsea not only as the richest clubs but they also pushed them back in terms of general popularity around the world. So, let’s take a look at top 10 most popular football clubs in the world.
10. Paris Saint-Germain
|Social Media||28.9 million Facebook: 22.3 m, Twitter: 3 m ,Instagram: 3.6 m|
|TV Viewership||Maximum Ligue1 Viewership|
|Jersey sales||510,000 jerseys annual|
|Sponsorship Deal||(Nike, $23 million a season)|
Paris-Saint-Germain was established as “Stade Saint-Germain” in 1904 it was merged with Paris FC in 1970. PSG became a true European super power after “Qatar Sports Investments” bought the club and since than they have won back to back French liga titles and also doing pretty well in Europe.The French club has a heck of signing Star players on their side and because of this factor they are gaining more popularity
|Social Media||26.3 million: Facebook: 20.9 m, Twitter: 2.4 m, Instagram: 3 m|
|TV Viewership||Most Seria A Match viewership|
|Jersey sales||480,000 jerseys annual|
|Sponsorship Deal||(Adidas, $26 million a season|
Juventus had a huge 50% growth in Twitter followers and a 31% increase in Facebook likes from the year before. Winning the Italian Football Championship four times in a row and being the most famous club in the country has probably helped. They are also the only team in Italy with several big name players and steadily became the most followed Italian team worldwide.
8. AC Milan
|Social Media||29.7 million ,Facebook: 24.7 m, Twitter: 3.1 m, Instagram: 1.9 m|
|TV Viewership||2nd most Lively watched Italian team in Seria A|
|Jersey sales||350,000 jerseys annual|
|Sponsorship Deal||(Adidas, $19 million a season)|
AC Milan was only 14th on the club rich list after a year-on-year drop in revenues, but it’s considerably higher online, perhaps thanks to a fierce rivalry Inter Milan who they share a stadium with. They use to be far superior team apart from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United as European heavyweight Until 2007. With 18 officially recognised UEFA and FIFA titles, the club is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in the world.
7. Bayern Munich
|Social Media||41.5 million Facebook: 34.1 m, Twitter: 2.5 m, Instagram: 4.9 m|
|TV Viewership||Most viewership in the German league after Bourissia Dortmund|
|Jersey sales||1 million Jersey sale 2015|
|Sponsorship Deal||(Adidas, $68 million a season)|
Bayern Munich had one of the biggest jumps in Facebook followers from last year, with 30% more likes. Much of this will be down to the club’s increasing internationalism. A tour of China and a TV rights deal with Fox Sports helped boost Bayern’s profile overseas. The German Giants are consistently winning the Bundesliga league past 5 years that makes them one of the most popular clubs in the world.
|Social Media||34.5 million Facebook: 27 m,Twitter: 5.2 m Instagram: 2.3 m|
|TV Viewership||4th Highest Tv viewership in the premier league|
|Jersey sales||810,000 jerseys annual|
|Sponsorship Deal||Warrior (New Balance, $36 million a season)|
Liverpool has always enjoyed a hugely loyal fanbase, and its recent hiring of the charismatic German Jurgen Klopp as its manager will only increase the online reverence. The Merseyside has the most followed TV viewership after Manchester united and has Renewed their Kit Contract with Warrior last year
|Social Media||50 million Facebook: 34.5 m, Twitter: 6.8 m,Instagram: 8.7 m|
|TV Viewership||Third most watched English premier league team on TV|
|Jersey sales||Sold 850,000 jersey in 2015|
|Sponsorship Deal||Puma, $43 million a season|
The Gunners has proved themselves by performing in a very consistent premier league way under Arsene Wenger and they always seem to be there and there about in title race in last 10 years. Arsenal’s total social media follower count is around 42 million which is pretty solid as they come only second behind Manchester United in the premier league in terms of popularity.
|Social Media||56.1 million Facebook: 44.4 m,Twitter: 6.4 m,Instagram: 5.3 m|
|TV Viewership||2nd most watched team on Tv after United|
|Jersey sales||Sold 900,000 Jersy in 2015|
|Sponsorship Deal||Adidas, $43 million a season|
The blues has grown into a massive club in the last 10 to 12 years since the Russian owner Roman Abramovich has taken over the club. Chelsea won 3 Premier League titles, Champions League, Europa League and a number of domestic cups since 2004 which has elevated them in this top 5 popularity charts.
3. Manchester United
|Social Media||132.8 million Facebook: 89.6m ,Twitter: 16.6 m,Instagram: 26.6 m|
|TV Viewership||52 per cent of the Premier League’s entire global TV audience|
|Jersey sales||1.2 t0 1.6 million a year|
|Sponsorship Deal||Adidas, $108 million a season|
Behind only Barcelona and Real Madrid in terms of social media followers, and one of the most successful in the past 20 years, it is easy to see the attraction. However, they missed the prestigious Champions League for a second time past three years, which could see their earnings from Adidas reduced. The red devils were top most popular football clubs in the world 4 years before but now they are in the 3rd spot in terms of popularity.
|Social Media||132.8 million Facebook: 89.6m ,Twitter: 16.6 m, Instagram: 26.6 m|
|TV Viewership||dominates Spanish league tv viewing alongside Real Madrid.|
|Jersey sales||Sold 121,500 Team Jersey in 2015|
|Sponsorship Deal||(Nike, $40 million a season)|
The Catalonians are one of the most successful football clubs in the past 10 years having won the champions league 3 times and absolutely dominated Spanish La Liga winning several back to back league and cup titles.
They completed their second treble in a decade last year when they won Champions League, La Liga and Copa Del Rey title along with Club world cup and UEFA Super cup and all that was due to three of the most talented forwards in the world in Neymar, Messi and Suares. They are on the field success made them the most loved and respected team around the world.
#1. Real Madrid
|Social Media||129.5 million followers (87m facebook, 18m twitter) Instagram: 24.5|
|TV Viewership||Gets Maximum tv viewership of Spanish La Liga along with Barcelona.|
|Jersey sales||around 1.2 million per year|
|Sponsorship Deal||The Spanish Giants have negotiated a massive new 10-year contract on Jan 2016 with Adidas worth €140 (£106) million per year|
Real Madrid is the richest club with great history, also they are the most successful football team in the world having won 63 trophies including 10 European titles and most La Liga titles in Spain. Real Madrid has over 100 million social media followers while they are getting a lot more popular in different parts of the world with more extensive TV coverage in more countries. Real Madrid is world’s most popular football club according to stats.