Soccer or football, has a lot of craze all over the world. Being the most popular game, the market value of soccer is high and often considered an expensive sport. Soccer clubs have now become everyone’s favorite topic to discuss and how rich the club is the hottest one.
Football fans are always keen to know how wealthy the clubs are. You might be also keen if you are reading this now. Let’s together see the 10 richest soccer clubs in the world.
10) Tottenham Hotspur FC
Tottenham Hotspur and the chairman of the club, Daniel Levy are not usually known to spend huge loads of money. Although they failed to win the champions league, their run was praise-worthy as they thrashed the world giants. This run earned the club a huge sum of money. Also, the Premier League’s monster TV deal adds them to the top 10 richest soccer clubs in the world.
The hard work of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, and the team brought the club $511 million in revenue this season which is $85 more than last year’s revenue. Tottenham has raised $138.12 million from its commercial partnerships and merchandising, significantly from their jersey sponsor AIA and technical kit sponsor Nike. They made $268.64 million from the broadcasting rights last season. The net worth of the club is $1.68 billion.
A rough period in Arsenal’s history has seen some weary league finishes, however, the club continues to flourish financially. The club made around €206.9 million and €111.6 million through broadcast rights and ticket sales respectively.
The €120.7 million of commercial deals generated a significant increase in their total revenue this season. Emirates and Puma, the principal contributors to their increased revenue this year, also increased the total brand value of the club.
However, their failure to qualify for the Champions League and the losing streak without scoring a single goal in the Premier League this season will see their ticket sales plummet.
Chelsea has grown commercially since their billionaire owner Roman Abramovich purchased the club back in 2003. Chelsea is known to win titles, even in their difficult days due to which they possess a huge loyal fan base that keeps their revenues strong.
The blues won the Champions League last season with Frank Lampard as their manager. This season they bought Romelo Lukaku for €115 million. The club has some outstanding sponsorship deals with the likes of Nike and Yokohama Tyres which keeps their revenues stronger.
They made a huge €191.8 million from their commercial partnerships, primarily from their new deal with drinks firm Carabao.
Also, the club made a huge total revenue with the assist of kit sponsor Adidas and jersey sponsor Yokohama Tyres. Chelsea made €83.4 million through their ticket sales on match days and made €230.5 million from the broadcast rights.
Doubtlessly, Liverpool’s team has put a lot of effort to push the club financially and hence succeed to become one of the high profit-making clubs as per the latest statistics.
Premier League’s title win after 30 years in 2019 and UCL trophy the same year helped increase the club’s revenue by 17% and has reached $597 million. Mohammad Salah was the key player for the team. The club has a much greater fan base which is not seen in any other English club.
The economy of the club has been boosted by a consecutive return to the Champions League under the manager Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool saw an impressive increase of nearly €90 million from the previous season. They gained €251.3 million through their revised broadcasting rights deal.
Liverpool FC also made €170.8 million with their major sponsor Standard Chartered and official kit sponsor New Balance. The club also made €91.6 million through ticket sales on match-days. The Reds made a total revenue of $613 million this season.
6) Paris Saint Germain
Paris Saint Germain FC has won nine Ligue titles, European Trophy, and other several winning titles. Paris Saint Germain came close to lifting the Champions League trophy but was outdone by Bayern Munich in Lisbon last season.
The French champions have broken all records while signing Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in the past. This year the club managed to capture Messi, Ramos, Wijnaldum, and the player of the tournament of Euro 2020, Gianluigi Donnarumma when they were free agents. The club has also signed Hakimi for €60 million.
The star-studded team of Messi, Neymar, Mbappe, Ramos, Donnarumma, Hakimi, Wijnaldum, and the others is set to blow the roofs of the stadium and generate a massive incline in ticket sales. And certainly, the commercial deals, merchandising, and brand endorsement are set to boost with the arrival of Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos. The club already has €100 million matchday revenue.
5) Manchester City
Manchester City’s revenues have sky-rocketed in recent years. They were at 9th position in the world with the revenue of $362 million back in 2013 and at 16th with $153 million back in 2011. Investment has been sowed, and the trophies have been harvested.
Since the arrival of Pep Guardiola, the game has gotten more concrete and the records more fragile. Goals are raining from the side and the club is now one of the biggest football clubs in the world. And still, there is no sign of funds to slow down. It is the only club in the Premier League history that won hearts worldwide by lifting all English trophies in a single year.
This season the club increased the total revenue to $678 million. Pep Guardiola is the key man behind the success of the club. The club made €265.7 million in revenue via their sponsorship deals and commercial tie-ups mostly from their main sponsor Etihad Airways and kit sponsor Nike. The club also made €63.9 million in revenue through their matchday ticket sales and made €238.8 million more through their broadcasting rights.
4) Bayern Munich
Bayern isn’t known for the massive signings; inside they heavily invest in their squad and pay handsome match fees for their players. Last fiscal year, Bayern was at the 3rd position of the top-earning club. Munich is the most successful club in Bundesliga history winning 29 titles, including the last eight in the competition. Their participation in the Champions League makes them one of the most successful and marketable German clubs, both on and off the pitch.
This year, Bayern Munich was able to generate €629.2 million in revenue which is around €42 million more than what they generate last year. The German side won their domestic league seven times in a row, thus increasing their overall ticket sales this season. However, their weak game in the Champions League also made quite an impact on their total revenue.
The German Champions made €348.7 million from their jersey sponsor Deutsche Telekom and technical kit supplier Adidas. Munich traded its broadcasting rights for €176.7 million and earned €103.8 million extra via ticket sales.
3) Manchester United
Manchester United has been one of the most commercially promising clubs in English football over the past few decades. The era of Sir Alex Ferguson raised the reputation of Manchester United, making them one of the most favored teams in the football world.
Despite the inconsistent performances, the vast financial growth ignites huge expectations in fans. These massive revenues allowed the club to make signings such as Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, and now Christiano Ronaldo.
While performances remain inconsistent, the financial growth hits fans with high expectations. The return of Christiano Ronaldo will certainly hike the merchandise sales and boost the matchday ticket sales.
United secured third place in our list occupying €666 million in total revenue this year. They booked €316.1 million via commercial sponsorship and merchandising.
They earned a beautiful sum of revenue from their shirt sponsor Chevrolet and the technical kit sponsor Adidas. They made matchday income of €119.5 million last season through sales of ticket and they traded their broadcasting rights to €230.4 million this year.
Following the departure of Lionel Messi and amidst hefty transfers, Barcelona is a club in turmoil. High wages to aging stars have injured Barca over the past few years. The Champions League defeat and being left out at the La Liga run impacted the club.
Still, the Spanish giants continue to bring in as much revenue as before with $815 million revenue this year. They remain one of the best and wealthiest clubs in the world despite having poor squad management.
Barca has a huge fan base, popularity, and quality players. Over the years, the brand value of Barcelona received a huge boost following the signing of big names such as Neymar, Luis Suarez, and Philippe Coutinho. However, Barca also has one of the highest debts of €1.2 billion in Europe’s top leagues.
The club garnered €322.6 million in revenue with their commercial sponsorship deals with kit sponsor Nike and the shirt sponsor Qatar Airways. The giant made almost €223 million last season via broadcast rights.
The matchday income surpassed €144.8 million as they found a peculiar increase in ticket sales. However, the departure of Lionel Messi might strike the club on brand value, fan popularity, and merchandise sales in the coming days.
1) Real Madrid
The 13-time champions of Europe and the most supported club in the world tops our list of the richest soccer clubs in the world with revenue of $896 million. Real Madrid generated over $80 million more than Barcelona.
There was no European glory for the Spanish superclub in 2019 or 2020, however, the club earned a substantial share of La Liga TV revenue. Even after the departure of huge names such as Christiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos; the revenue has not stumbled over the years.
They earned a total of €315.5 million through the commercial partnerships with their jersey sponsor Emirates and kit supplier Adidas. Real Madrid also sold its broadcast rights at €251.3 million and earned €143.4 million from its ticket sales.
Well, this must be a piece of shocking news to some football fans. But yes, to be on the top of the richest club is not easy as it requires millions of wealth more than other clubs.
Lots of hard work, determination, and dedication towards the club can only generate significant revenue. By their revenue and performances, the top 10 richest clubs have been listed.
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