Football is to the world as Cricket is to Indians. Some say it’s a cult, and I can second that since it is amongst the world’s most popular sports, followed wholeheartedly by billions. Football players are treated as celebrities, often blurring the lines between their professional and personal lives. Industry-leading auditor Deloitte has made the Football Money League list public, and we know exactly which clubs are richer than the others.
Top 10 Richest Football Clubs in the World
The football clubs have seen an increase in fan following, which has also affected the valuation of each football club. Some climbed to the top spot, while some went down a few points. The Covid-19 pandemic definitely affected the clubs, which decimated their revenue across all sport. Here are the top 10 richest Football Clubs in the world.
10. Tottenham Hotspur
Based in London, England, Tottenham Hotspur is valued at $2.3 billion. Its 2020 revenue was $494 million. It had a good run in the Champions League. They have now moved to their news stadia.
9. Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain is a French-based Football Club that is valued at $2.5 billion. It the country’s riched club, but it slipped two placed last year as they incurred huge losses as the season was canceled. Its 2020 revenue was $599 million. PSG’s major contracts are with Emirates – their shirt sponsor – and Nike, who supplies their technical kit.
England-based Arsenal generated a revenue of $430 million while its total valuation stands at $2.8 billion. Puma and Emirates are the main contributors to their income, which increased their club value.
7. Chelsea FC
Chelsea FC’s total valuation is $3.2 billion. The England-based football club’s 2020 revenue stands at $520 million. Its owner is a Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, who ensures it is in the top 10 list. Its revenue remained unchanged from 2019, but it suffered badly because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The football club has some majestic sponsorship deals that include Yokohama Tyres and Nike. Chelsea has ardent followers that keep its revenue stable.
6. Manchester City
Manchester’s 2020 revenue was $609 million and is valued at $4 billion. In 2019, Silver Lake Management invested $500 in the football club. It also bought a 10% stake in the City Football Group after the investment. Etihad Airways sponsors its shirt, while Nike is its technical kit supplier. It has signed a new kit deal with Puma, which might see a surge in the revenue figures.
5. Liverpool FC
England-based Liverpool is valued at $4.1 billion, while its 2020 revenue was $619 million. Their second place in the domestic Premier League gave the football club a massive revenue hike. Its ardent fans ensure that they dominate the Premier League. The club’s income also suffered as the pandemic delaying the season.
4. Manchester United
Manchester United is the richest football club in England, valuing at $4.2 billion. Its 2020 revenue was $643 million. Manchester United reigned for a decade, but it’s now over. It has been giving an abysmal performance. In 2020, they lost 135 million euros, a whopping-19% drop in their total income.
3. Bayern Munich
Germany-based Bayern Munich is valued at $703 million, and its 2020 revenue was $4.215 billion. It got in the top 3 for the first time. Bayern Munich had an amazing season which surged its merchandise sales. Over 75,354 fans attend Bayern’s matches. It’s German’s most successful club, which won a record 29 national titles and 19 national cups.
2. Real Madrid
Spain-based Real Madrid is valued at $4.75 billion. In 2020, its revenue was $792 million. Even though it lost first place, it faired much better last year. It is a 13-time Europe champion and generated more money. Real Madrid benefitted from a huge share of La Liga TV revenue and huge merchandise sales.
1. FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is the richest football club in the world. It is valued at $4.76 billion, and it earned $792 million. It managed to stay atop the list even after an abysmal 2020. An economic disaster destroyed the giants, but their income kept soaring. The club witnessed public turmoil with the ‘Messi’ controversy. It also missed out on a La Liga title. The turmoil ended with the president’s resignation.
Who is the richest footballer?
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Junior, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, etc., are some of the richest footballers.
Who is the god of football?
Diego Maradona is the god of football. He’s also one of the world’s greatest football players.
Is Ronaldo richer than Messi?
According to Forbes, Lionel Messi is the world’s richest footballer.
Which club has the highest number of fans in the world in 2020?
Real Madrid has a fan following of 237 million.
Who is the number 1 player in football?
Lionel Messi is the number one footballer, though this kind of question is always up for debate.
These are some of the top 10 richest Football Clubs in the world. FC Barcelona topped the list with a revenue of $792 million. Even though the pandemic affected the clubs, the positions were changed by just a few points.
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