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When it comes to football, there are a number of clubs who define glory in the truest sense of the terms. While some football clubs have a rich legacy of star players and legends who’ve gone on to win glory for their respective clubs, some have been the richest football clubs, loaded with a bank that can even make some countries’ GDP look sorry in comparison. In this article, we will look at the top 10 football clubs in the world, in regard to their money and status. And if you wonder ‘what’s the point?’, we would ask you whether you knew that the richest football club in the world resides in the Premier League. And if you didn’t know that, read on.
Top 10 richest football clubs in the world:
10. Juventus FC
The rulers of the Italian Serie A, Juventus FC had a total revenue of €405.7 million in 2018, and although they are 10th in this list, it is still an honour for them to feature in the top 10 football clubs in the world (considering that they are the only Serie A club in this list). Juventus made it’s second Champions League final appearance in three years, last season, also winning the Serie A for a sixth time in a row, which is a national record.
Though Juventus is the highest-ranking member from the Italian Serie A, the club may have a long way to become the richest football club in the world, as the broadcast deals in Italy are considerably lower than that of in England. Anyway, being the 10th richest football club in the world doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
9. Liverpool FC
With €424.2 million worth of bank coming in, Liverpool FC posted record overall revenue last year, and entered the list of the top 10 football clubs in the world. And although their broadcast income hiked owing to a new TV deal, but according to Deloitte, Liverpool’s future is even brighter, because, “Successful performance on the pitch, together with commercial growth and increased matchday revenue, could see [Liverpool] into a higher position this time next year.”
In addition, Liverpool ending up in the 2017/18 Champions League final against Real Madrid riding on a stellar performance can only result in more opportunities for the Reds.
Also known as ‘the Blues’, Chelsea have always been one of the richest football clubs in the world, but their ship in the Premier League took a strong sail when they won the 2016-17 Premier League championship, becoming the 8th richest football club in the world. One of the main reasons that Chelsea entered the list of the top 10 football clubs in the world, was a new sponsorship deal with drinks firm Carabao, which saw them register a total revenue of €428 million this year.
7. Paris Saint-Germain
The Ligue 1 team may have lost out on the Ligue 1 title last season, but as everyone is quite aware, PSG made it clear that they were one of the richest football clubs in the world, when they acquired the next best thing after Messi and Ronaldo, i.e. Neymar for €222 million, breaking all the transfer fee records. These high profile signings are not the doing of an average team, and it reflects a clear desire on the French club’s part to establish and maintain their superiority. With €486.2 million of total revenue from this year, PSG are the 7th richest football club in the world.
Having made a total of €487.6 million worth revenue, Arsenal made a club record. The Gunners displayed a great performance on the pitch, and winning three FA Cups in four seasons only boosted the chances for the 6th richest football club in the world to try and get richer. And although they failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League tournament, which could see Arsenal drop down in the list of the top 10 football clubs in the world, they do not have a reason to worry for now, being the 6th richest football club in the world.
5. Manchester City
Manchester City just blew the Premier League race when they won the title with a 19-point margin. While still developing, the club is an economic powerhouse with some of the strongest performers in the Premier League. And riding on a €527.7 million worth revenue from last year, thanks to broadcast and commercial revenue growth, Manchester City have been the 5th richest football club in the world for the second year in a row. And considering their dominating performance in Premier League last season, their ranking in the list of top 10 football clubs in the world could rise.
4. Bayern Munich
The German football club won the Bundesliga championship for the fifth consecutive season, which was followed by the failure to reach the Champions League semi final. While still in the top 5 richest football clubs, the failure in the UCL did impact Bayern’s overall revenue. However, with €587.8 million revenue, which is reported to be “the most commercial revenue of any football club globally,” (commercial revenue accounted for £295.1 million) Bayern Munich is the 4th richest football club in the world.
3. FC Barcelona
Although Barcelona registered a record revenue last season, worth €648.3 million, they still fell from the third to second place in the list of the top 10 football clubs in the world. It is important to note, however, that the transfer income is not accounted to sketch the ranking. Therefore, the record-breaking £200 million (pounds) that Barcelona received from the sale of Neymar to PSG is not considered. We should be content with the fact that the Blaugrana like to be the best, be it the Spanish League or being the richest football club in the world.
2. Real Madrid
It must be a blasphemy to not expect Real Madrid in the top three of the list of the richest football clubs in the world. With €674.6 million worth of revenue from last season, which included a hike of 33.32 million pounds in the commercial revenue, the club could not be more of a success as it became the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title in its modern format.
1. Manchester United
With €676.3 Million (Euros) total revenue from last season, Premier League giant Manchester United ace the list of the richest football clubs in the world. And the magnitude of the club being the richest football club in the world is made clear when we know that even after suffering a €13 Million dip in revenue from last year, the club is still the richest football club in the world.
Manchester United earned €325.2 million through their sponsorship deals and merchandising, raking in a decent amount of revenue from their jersey and technical kit sponsors, Chevrolet and Adidas. The Red Devils also earned €225.9 million from their broadcasting rights, €125.2 million through the ticket sales.